According to industry experts, the greater potential in environmental technologies will be oriented to the water sector during the next years.
Water Resources Equipment
A Top Export Prospect for Chile
in USD thousands 2010 2011
Total Market Size 1,500 2,500 4,000 5,000
Total Local Production 300 500 800 1,000
Total Exports n/a n/a n/a n/a
Total Imports 1,200 2,000 3,200 4,000
Imports from the U.S. 360 600 960 1,200
Exchange Rate: 1 USD 500 484 486 489
Total Market Size = (Total Local Production + Total Imports) – (Total Exports)
Data Sources: Unofficial estimates based on info from industry sources from the public and private sector.
The depletion of the underground water reserves that have supplied the cities and mining
operations in northern Chile will continue over the next few years, forcing consumers to look
elsewhere for their water supply. While still expensive, the cost of desalinizing sea water has
decreased to a fifth of what it was 30 years ago and requires six times less energy.
Desalinization is a viable option despite the distances that water must be pumped to reach
the mining operations located 300+ kilometers inland.
The threat of less rainfall and the deterioration of glaciers clearly indicate that one of the
main challenges is and will continue to be lack of water. Chile already has plants in operation
and Arica-Parinacota, Chile’s northernmost city, expects to meet 100% of the demand by
According to the “Dirección General de Aguas”, or DGA (www.dga.cl), the private sector has
plans to invest between USD 4 and 5 billion in northern Chile’s desalination business through
2014. It is expected that this figure will be complemented by additional investment as a
result of government incentives. Between 2012 and 2014, there have been investments
announced that will exceed $20 billion.
The strongest growth in demand for water is expected in mining and industrial operations as
these industries expand. More moderate growth in demand will be seen in agricultural and
potable water as the infrastructure is largely in place in these areas.
Top US ospects Water 2 Export Pr in Chile 2012: Resources Equipment
According to industry experts, the greater potential in environmental technologies will be
oriented to the water sector during the next years. Below is a list of best prospects:
• Project design and construction of desalinization plants.
• Water and Waste Water Treatment equipment and technologies
• Project design and construction of water treatment plants.
• Preventive maintenance techniques in water treatment plants, such as vibration, laser
alignment, oil dialysis and others.
• Reutilization of wastewater for agricultural irrigation.
• Biological biosolid evaporation processes and latest generation biosolid evaporation
Participating in trade shows offers a unique opportunity for U. S. suppliers to introduce their
products and services in the Chilean market:
• Expo Agua, the water show takes place in Chile every two years. The next version of
the event will take place in October 2013.
• Expomin is a CS Certified Trade Show and it gathers over 2,500 exhibitors. The U.S.
Pavilion has approximately 200 exhibitors. Expomin 2012 will take place in April 2012
in the city of Santiago: www.expomin.cl
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• Ministry of Public Works: www.mop.cl
• Environmental Association: www.aepa.cl
• Superintendence of Sanitary Services: www.siss.cl
• Water General Directorate: www.dga.cl
• National Irrigation Commission: www.cnr.cl
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Top US ects Resources 3 Export Prosp in Chile 2012: Water Equipment
For More Information
Please contact Isabel Margarita Valenzuela, Commercial Specialist for water resources equipment at the U.S.
Commercial Service in Chile at Isabel.Valenzuela@trade.gov or (56) 2-330-3421. You can also visit our website
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