Antiscalants/Scale Inhibitors Market Overview
Antiscalants/Scale Inhibitors Market size is estimated to reach US$3.6 billion by 2027 and is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 2.8% during the forecast period 2022-2027. Antiscalants/Scale Inhibitors are the specialty chemicals consisting of phosphates, carboxylates, sulfonates and fluorides, which are installed in fluid flow systems to prevent precipitation and formation of insoluble compounds on the walls of the system. The improved performance and erosion protection offered by Antiscalants/Scale Inhibitors is driving their market demand. Also, the high applicability of Antiscalants/Scale Inhibitors in filters, boilers, pipes and heat exchangers across major sectors such as oil & gas, water & wastewater treatment, mining and energy generation is influencing their market. Factors such as an increase in crude oil production, the development of new wastewater plants and growing mining production are driving the growth of the antiscalants/scale industry. However, the stringent regulation by government organizations on the usage and dumping of chemicals is anticipated to pose a challenge in the market growth, thereby affecting the Antiscalants/Scale Inhibitors Market size. The lockdown implemented during COVID-19 also disrupted the activities of the oil & gas, mining and food & beverage sector, resulting in a decrease in demand and usage of Antiscalants/Scale Inhibitors which negatively affected the Antiscalants/Scale Inhibitors Industry Outlook.
Antiscalants/Scale Inhibitors Market Report Coverage
The “Antiscalants/Scale Inhibitors Market Report – Forecast (2022-2027)” by IndustryARC, covers an in-depth analysis of the following segments in the Antiscalants/Scale Inhibitors Market.
- Asia-Pacific dominates the Antiscalants/Scale Inhibitors industry, owing to the rapidly growing mining, water & wastewater treatment and oil & gas sector in the region which is driving the demand for Antiscalants/Scale Inhibitors in the region.
- The bolstering growth in crude oil production has accelerated the demand and usage of Antiscalants/Scale Inhibitors for pipes and heat exchangers which have positively impacted the Antiscalants/Scale Inhibitors Industry outlook.
- Regulations to control water pollution would limit the usage of chemicals like Antiscalants/Scale Inhibitors in water treatment and oil plants which would negatively impact the Antiscalants/Scale Inhibitors Market size.
Figure: Asia-Pacific Antiscalants/Scale Inhibitors Market Revenue, 2021-2027 (US$ Million)
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Phosphonates held the largest share in the Antiscalants/Scale Inhibitors Market share in 2021 and are forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 2.9% during the forecast period of 2022-2027. Phosphonates are one of the most commonly used Antiscalants/Scale Inhibitors which provide an effective performance at high temperatures. Due to their high water solubility, they exhibit outstanding resistance to oxidizing agents. Phosphonates have corrosion resistance features which make them an appropriate chelating agent for carbon steel. Owing to their high performance, phosphonates have major applicability in boilers, filters and heat exchangers across major sectors, such as oil & gas and water & wastewater treatment. The advantageous features of these organophosphorus compounds, coupled with bolstering growth in the oil & gas and wastewater treatment sector, have accelerated the demand for phosphonates, thereby increasing their preference over chemical compounds, namely sulfonates and carboxylates. These factors significantly contribute to the segment growth of phosphonates during the forecast period.
Antiscalants/Scale Inhibitors Market Segment Analysis – by End-use Industry
The oil & gas sector held the largest share in the Antiscalants/Scale Inhibitors Market share in 2021 and is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 3.5% during the forecast period of 2022-2027. Antiscalants/Scale Inhibitors consisting of phosphonates, sulfonates, fluorides and carboxylates are used in various stages in the oil & gas sector, from the extraction of crude oil and natural gas to their refining. During oil & gas production, unwanted minerals and deposits form on the walls of equipment which affects the flow system. Usage of Antiscalants/Scale Inhibitors prevents the formation of such deposits on the equipment, thereby providing corrosion control and flow assurance in the oil & gas sector. The production level of oil has increased over the years due to the growing demand and consumption of fuel. According to the US Energy Information Administration, in March 2022, crude oil production in the US increased by 3% to 11.7 million barrels per day. Furthermore, according to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, in 2021, the global refinery output increased by 5% to 81.82 million barrels per day. With the bolstering growth in oil production, the demand for Antiscalants/Scale Inhibitorsto prevent deposit formation in pipes and other equipment would also increase, further contributing to the market growth in the oil & gas sector.
Antiscalants/Scale Inhibitors Market Segment Analysis – by Geography
Asia-Pacific held the largest share in the Antiscalants/Scale Inhibitors Market share (up to 43%) in 2021. The flourishing demand for Antiscalants/Scale Inhibitors in major sectors such as mining, oil & gas and water & wastewater treatment for boilers, filters and pipes is influencing its market growth in the region. Crude oil production has increased in Japan on the account of high oil demand, whereas India and China have shown significant growth in mining and water & wastewater treatment. For instance, according to the US Energy Information Administration, in February 2021, Japan’s crude oil production reached 4.6 thousand barrels per day, showing a 6.7% increase from February 2020’s production. Also, according to India’s Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, in April 2022, mining production in India increased by 7.8% since April 2021. Furthermore, according to the National Bureau of Statistics, in 2020, China installed 39,000 new wastewater treatment facilities and had invested US$81.6 billion in its municipal wastewater system, new treatment facilities and sludge mitigation. Such growth in these sectors has accelerated the demand for Antiscalants/Scale Inhibitors in the Asia-Pacific region, thereby positively impacting the growth of the Antiscalants/Scale Inhibitors Industry.
Antiscalants/Scale Inhibitors Market Drivers:
Increase in Mining Production:
Antiscalants/Scale Inhibitors have major applicability in the mining sector where it is used to minimize or eliminate the scale formation on equipment that is encountered during mining operations. The mining output of countries has increased over the years on account of a surge in demand for minerals which has increased the rate of mining operations. According to the National Bureau of Statistics, in May 2022, mining production in China increased by 7% since the same month in 2021. Also, according to the National Institute of Statistics and Geography, in January 2022, Mexico’s total mining output increased by 2.5% in comparison to the same month in 2020. Furthermore, according to Eurostat, in March 2021, mining production in European Union increased by 5.1% in comparison to a drop of 12.2% in March 2020. An increase in mining production has accelerated the demand and usage of Antiscalants/Scale Inhibitors such as phosphonates, sulfonates and carboxylates for preventing scale formation on equipment, thereby positively impacting the growth of the Antiscalants/Scale Inhibitors Industry.
Setting up of New Wastewater Treatment Plants:
The flourishing application of Antiscalants/Scale Inhibitors in pipes, filters and boilers is driving their demand in the water & wastewater treatment sector. The growing demand for potable water has led to the development of new wastewater treatment plants. For instance, in March 2022, the Government of Canada announced the Flying Dust Wastewater Treatment Plant project where it planned to build a new water treatment plant in Flying Dust First Nation. Also, Egypt’s Ministry of Housing for Utilities, in 2021, announced the setting up of two wastewater treatment plants to increase water access to people. Furthermore, according to the Infrastructure Ministry of Belgrade, in August 2021, China’s Road and Bridge Corporation signed an agreement with the ministry to build 26 wastewater treatment plants across Serbia. Setting up of new wastewater treatment plants would create demand for Antiscalants/Scale Inhibitors in the water & wastewater treatment sector, thereby positively impacting the Antiscalants/Scale Inhibitors Industry growth.
Antiscalants/Scale Inhibitors Market Challenge:
Stringent Regulations by Governments:
Antiscalants/Scale Inhibitors have major applicability in water treatment, oil & gas production and the prevention of scale formation. However, their usage is correlated with environmental issues. Concentrated streams of rejected antiscalants are often released into the water, causing pollution problems and long-term effects on the marine environment. To prevent such drawbacks of chemical usage, certain regulation has been imposed by government organizations. For instance, the US EPA’s Clean Water Act regulates the discharge of pollutants in the US waters and the Water Framework Directives of the European Union aim to prevent and reduce water pollution to achieve a good environmental status of water. Such regulations would affect the usage of Antiscalants/Scale Inhibitors in sectors such as water & wastewater treatment, oil & gas and mining, thereby negatively impacting the Antiscalants/Scale Inhibitors Market size during the forecast period.
Antiscalants/scale Inhibitors Industry Outlook
Technology launches, acquisitions and R&D activities are key strategies adopted by players in the Antiscalants/Scale Inhibitors Market. The top 10 companies in the Antiscalants/Scale Inhibitors Market are:
- Clariant Ag
- Solvay SA
- Dow Chemicals
- Akzo Nobel
- Halliburton Company
- BASF SE
- H2O Innovations Inc.
- Henkel Ag & Co.
- Kemira Chemicals Inc.
- BWA Water Additives
- In September 2021, H2O Innovation Inc. announced that it would provide its antiscalants to Taweelah Plant located in the United Arab Emirates, which is the largest seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant.
- In February 2021, Shell and Tomson Technologies developed new scale-inhibitor technology with high absorption power that could be widely used in squeeze treatment.
- In April 2020, Genesys launched Genmine which was a range of products consisting of antiscalants and cleaners, designed to tackle issues specific to the treatment of mine water.
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