Water Resources Equipment

An Expert's View about Water Treatment in Chile

Posted on: 12 Jul 2012

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 June 2012 Overview 2012 2013 in USD thousands 2010 2011 (estimated) (estimated) 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 2014. 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 Opportunities 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 systems. 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 Back to top Web Resources • 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 Back to top 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 at www.export.gov/chile. The U.S. Commercial Service — Your Global Business Partner With its network of offices across the United States and in more than 70 countries, the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce utilizes its global presence and international marketing expertise to help U.S. companies sell their products and services worldwide. Locate the U.S. Commercial Service trade specialist in the U.S. nearest you by visiting www.export.gov/eac. Disclaimer: The information provided in this report is intended to be of assistance to U.S. exporters. While we make every effort to ensure its accuracy, neither the United States government nor any of its employees make any representation as to the accuracy or completeness of information in this or any other United States government document. Readers are advised to independently verify any information prior to reliance thereon. The information provided in this report does not constitute legal advice. The Commercial Service reference to or inclusion of material by a non-U.S. Government entity in this document is for informational purposes only and does not constitute an endorsement by the Commercial Service of the entity, its materials, or its products or services International copyright, U.S. Department of Commerce, 2012. All rights reserved outside of the United States.
Posted: 12 July 2012

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