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100,000 more pumps will be operated by coal-fired power plants by 2015


Source: The McIlvaine Company

Coal-fired power plants throughout the world presently operate 300,000 pumps. This number will increase to over 400,000 by 2015. These pumps will be moving over 1.2 billion gallons/minute. Annual revenues for new pumps will increase from $542 million this year to $776 million in 2015. These are the conclusions reached in the newest expansion of Pumps: World Markets an online publication of the McIlvaine Company. (

These pumps range in size and price from the $950,000 main boiler feed pumps which for a 400 MW plant move 6000 gpm and 7000 feet down to small lubrication pumps moving a few  gallons per hour.  Metering pumps represent a small portion of the total revenues but a large percentage of units. By 2015 China will be operating 30,000 metering pumps but new purchases will be only $12 million in that year. Cooling water represents the biggest revenue segment.

World Coal-fired Power Plant Pump Sales ($ Millions)

Application                           2015

Boiler Feed                            251
Chem. Metering                       44
Cooling Water                       317
Fuel Handling                          59
Lubrication                              15
Miscellaneous                          40
Environmental                         50
Total                                      776

These revenue figures do not include parts and services which will raise pump supplier revenues to over $1 billion.

Coal-fired power represents only 14 percent of the $7 billion forecasted total power pump market in 2015.  A big segment is commercial and industrial power which includes the steam cycle and liquid fuel handling. Nuclear, oil and gas including combined cycle gas turbines accounts for much of the remainder.  However geothermal, solar to steam and other technologies are additional markets.

The total pump market is projected at $44 billion of which power represents 16 percent. So coal-fired boilers will only account for 2.2 percent of the total 2015 market. However, the purchases will be concentrated in certain countries.  China will be the biggest purchaser of pumps for coal-fired boilers in 2015.

Top 10 Purchasers of Pumps for Coal-fired Boilers ($ Millions)

Country                     2015
China                            297
United States                118
India                                77
Germany                          35
Russia                              21
Japan                               16
South Africa                      15
Poland                              14
South Korea                     12
Australia                           11

The biggest market segment in the U.S. will be for replacement pumps rather than for pumps for new generators. However, the market for flue gas desulfurization pumps will be strong. This involves new installations retrofitted to plants which do not presently have scrubbers.

Pumps: World Markets has been expanded to include more than 100,000 continually updated forecasts.   More information on this report is found at:

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