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Strategic Analysis of the Desalination Technologies Market in Sub-Saharan Africa

Strategic Analysis of the Desalination Technologies Market in Sub-Saharan Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is experiencing acute water shortages due to erratic rainfall patterns and the increased frequency of droughts. The region is largely dependent on rainfall; however, alternate sources have to be found to meet the current and the future demand for fresh water. Global seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination capacity is growing at an annual rate of 13.6% and is expected to continue growing at the same rate over the next 5 years. Innovative membrane upgrades, such as the development of ceramic and polymeric membranes, and the use of renewable energy, targeted at reducing operating costs, continue to spur the growth of SWRO desalination. This market insight discusses the use of SWRO as a source of portable water in the region. Desalination has been widely and successfully implemented in North Africa. Algeria is a key example of a country in Africa that has managed to use desalination on a large scale. At present, South Africa is the main user of desalination technology in SSA. Ghana and Namibia also have operational plants.


  • Executive Summary
    • Key Findings
  • Scope
    • Study Scope
    • Definitions and Acronyms
  • SWRO Desalination Market Overview
    • Desalination
    • Overview of the SWRO Desalination Market in SSA's Public Sector
    • Global Seawater Desalination Capacity
    • Mega Trends
    • Mega Trends-Population Growth and Urbanisation
    • Mega Trends-Economic Growth and Infrastructure Development
    • Mega Trends-Water and Food Scarcity
    • SWRO Desalination Market Drivers and Restraints
    • SWRO Desalination Market Drivers Explained
    • SWRO Desalination Market Restraints Explained
  • Technology Trends and Innovation
    • Trends in Energy Consumption for SWRO Desalination
    • Trends in the Cost of Producing SWRO Desalination Water
    • Other Desalination Technology Trends
    • Financing of SWRO Plants
  • Competitive Landscape
    • Mapping of Key Industry Participants
  • Key SWRO Desalination Markets
    • Overview of Water Markets in Africa
    • The SWRO Desalination Market in SSA's Public Sector
  • South African SWRO Desalination Market
  • Ghanaian SWRO Desalination Market
    • Ghana's First Desalination Plant
  • Namibian SWRO Desalination Market
  • Case Study-Algeria
    • Case Study-Successful Implementation of SWRO in Algeria
  • Conclusions
    • Conclusions-Strategic Insights

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