InterviewWater desalination sector continues growth

11 December 2009 17:43  [Source: ICIS news]

By Clay Boswell

NEW YORK (ICIS news)--The water desalination sector continues to grow, although more slowly, amid a contraction this year of the industrial water treatment market, the president of BWA Water additives said on Thursday.

 “We expected 10-15% growth in desalination this year. We’re getting more like 6-8%,” said Paul Turgeon, president and chief operating officer of US-based BWA Water Additives.

New desalination plants have been put on hold, while existing plants have operated at lower rates, he explained.

“That’s going to come back more easily,” he noted.

Desalination plants remove salts and other minerals to purify water for drinking or irrigation.

And the industrial segment has been “tough”, Turgeon said, noting that peer companies have experienced sales shortfalls of 15-30% year over year.

“That’s simply because of plant closures across the industrial space,” he pointed out.

BWA’s revenues from industrial have are only marginally behind last year, a difference he attributed to the company’s introduction of new products.

The company has already sampled a new severe-service biocide, Bellacide 303, which Turgeon expects to come to market in the first or second quarter of 2010 pending approval by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), he said.

A new environmentally friendly antiscalant, Belclean 810, addresses a wide range of regulatory requirements without any cost to performance, Turgeon said.

To address the trend toward higher temperatures in thermal desalination, BWA will soon introduce a new antiscalant capable of operating at 5-10°C higher than predecessors, Turgeon said.

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By: Clay Boswell
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