Europe and Middle East & Africa Dewatering Aids for Mining Market
The dewatering aids for mining market in Europe and Middle East & Africa was valued at US$ 148.3 Mn in 2020 and is expected to reach US$ 203.4 Mn by 2031, expanding at a CAGR of 3.2% during the forecast period of 2021 to 2031. Dewatering aids are used to reduce cake moisture in the filtration of mineral slurries, such as sulfide flotation concentrates, iron ore concentrates, and coal concentrates, and tailings and alumina trihydrate in the Bayer process. Dewatering aids in mining increase filtration throughput in mineral processing by reducing moisture content and improving release of the filter cake. They offer unique chemistry that can significantly increases production rates, and lowers energy and transportation costs.
Dewatering aids can raise the potential of the dewatering process by almost 30% to 50%. This can be helpful for many industries for the removal of complete moisture from products. Dewatering aids are derived from different organic and inorganic chemicals in combination with different minerals. This enhances the process of dewatering.
Dewatering aids are used extensively in the mining industry. The growth of the mining & processing industry is likely to boost the dewatering aids for mining market in Europe and Middle East & Africa. Dewatering aids are specially formulated surface active agents that help reduce the moisture content of mineral concentrates during filtration and subsequent storage applications. These products usually reduce the surface tension of water so that water is easily removed from mineral surfaces during filtration and storage.
Dewatering aids are widely used in wet mineral processing applications where improving moisture content of filtered cakes is required. Application areas of dewatering aids include both sulfide and non-sulfide minerals processing and as well as coal cleaning. Thus, the rapid expansion of mining industry is expected to propel the dewatering aids for mining market in Europe and Middle East & Africa during the forecast period.
Dosage requirements of dewatering aids vary widely based on application. Dewatering aids can be applied neat or in diluted forms. The points of application in the process must be carefully selected. Dewatering aids can be added to spray water applications onto filter cakes during filtration so that filter wash efficiency is improved, or added directly into the mineral or concentrate slurries going to filtering processes and even to centrifuging.
Major Drivers of Europe and Middle East & Africa Dewatering Aids for Mining Market
Improvements in the efficiency of mining are expected to boost the consumption of dewatering aids in the mining industry, thereby boosting the dewatering aids for mining market in Europe and Middle East & Africa during the forecast period. Dewatering aids lower the moisture content in mineral slurries. This enables the filtration (solid/liquid separation) of mineral concentrates, thus improving the quality of minerals mined and coal concentrates.
The high moisture content in coal concentrates leads to various complications. It lowers the calorific value of coal concentrates. The higher moisture content in mineral concentrates leads to increased transportation/distribution cost. Dewatering aids play a vital role in the mining industry. Dewatering aids control the moisture content in solid or slurries by improving the efficiency of downstream processes.
The usage of water is considerably high in the mining industry. With limited resources of water and strict government regulations, it is necessary to lower the use of freshwater in mining applications. Dewatering operations permit water recovery; thus, recovered water can be reused for mining activities. Thus, recovery and recycling of water is expected to curtail the operational cost and environmental impacts.
Restraints of Europe and Middle East & Africa Dewatering Aids for Mining Market
Mining activities, including prospecting, exploration, construction, operation, maintenance, expansion, abandonment, decommissioning, and repurposing of a mine can impact social and environmental systems in a range of positive and negative; and direct and indirect ways. These activities generally result in land-use change and have other associated negative impacts on the environment, including deforestation, erosion, contamination, and alteration of soil profiles, contamination of local streams and wetlands, and increase in noise level, dust, and emissions. Thus, these factors are restraining the dewatering aids for mining market in Europe and Middle East & Africa during the forecast period.
A combination of factors such as high taxes in some countries and cost associated with environmental compliance and labor has been driving the expenditure in mineral exploration since the past two decades. These factors are restraining the dewatering aids for mining market in Europe and Middle East & Africa.
Europe and Middle East & Africa Dewatering Aids for Mining Market: Segmentation
Europe and Middle East & Africa Dewatering Aids for Mining Market, by Product
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
- Alcohol Ethoxylates
- Polyethylene Glycol
Europe and Middle East & Africa Dewatering Aids for Mining Market, by Material
Europe and Middle East & Africa Dewatering Aids for Mining Market, by Application
- Sulfide Mineral Processing
- Non-sulfide Mineral Processing
- Coal Cleaning
Europe and Middle East & Africa Dewatering Aids for Mining Market, by Region
- Russia & CIS
- Rest of Europe
- Middle East & Africa
- GCC Countries
- South Africa
- Rest of Middle East & Africa
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