Global Natural Gas Pipeline Market 2016-2020

September 21, 2016
This industry research report identifies ABB, BP, Enterprise Product Partners, GE Oil & Gas, Saipem, and Technip as the key vendors in the global natural gas pipeline market. This report also presents a competitive analysis of the market by pipeline types (onshore and offshore) and by geography (the Americas, APAC, and EMEA).

Overview of the global natural gas pipeline market

Market research analysts at Technavio predict that the global natural gas pipeline market will grow moderately during the next four years and will reach a natural gas pipe length of more than 2651 miles by the end of the forecast period. This market research analysis identifies the decline in steel prices as one of the primary growth factors for this market. Steel is one of the major raw materials used in manufacturing natural gas pipelines and studies have shown that the cost of steel amounts to almost 16% of the total cost for manufacturing one mile of gas pipeline. As a result, the current trend of decreasing steel prices will signifiacntly drive the growth of the natural gas pipeline market in the next few years. Though the rise in energy prices increases the manufacturing costs, the reduction in prices of Iron ore and steel scrap, which are used as raw material to make steel, will fuel the growth of the natural gas pipleine market over the forecast period.

The need to rationalize the flow of data, make real-time choices, improving asset performance, and product quality, will soon result in the adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) by the oil pipeline industry. Through regular monitoring, tracking, controlling, and asset management, IoT will provide a detailed diagnostics and will also allow real-time data sharing. Moreover, IoT can also be used to report preventive maintenance directly at the source, which will allow immediate corrective responses that aids in minimizing leakages.

Competitive landscape and key vendors

The natural gas pipeline market plays a significant role in the global oil and gas industry. Though other alternatives available for crude oil transportation such as rail/road tankers and marine tankers play a major role in the intercontinental transport, their utility is highly limited by the requirement of well-developed deep harbor ports. As a presence in this market comes mandatory in controlling the entire organizational revenues, the market is characterized by the presence of a number of gas pipeline companies and appears to be fragmented. Since all vendors equally compete to gain a considerable share of the market, the competition among vendors is quite intense. Though vendors mainly focus on investing in the upstream and downstream sectors, the coming years will witness considerable investment in the midstream segment as well. To help natural gas pipeline companies understand their profit horizons more clearly, this report segments market vendors into three distinct verticals such as service providers, pipeline operators, and pipeline contractors.

The leading vendors in the market are -

  • ABB
  • BP
  • Enterprise Product Partners
  • GE Oil & Gas
  • Saipem
  • Technip

The other prominent vendors in the market are Bharat Petroleum, Cairn, Caspian Pipeline Consortium, China National Petroleum Corporation, Inter Pipeline, MOL Group, Saudi Aramco, Sunoco, Valero Energy, Aker Solutions, Bechtel, Daewoo Engineering & Construction, Hyundai Heavy Engineering, Mott Macdonald, Tecnicas Reunidas, Worley Parson, Emerson Process Management, FMC Technologies, Huawei Technologies, Infosys, Rockwell Automation, SAP, Schneider Electric, Wipro, Yokogawa Electric, and ZTE.

Segmentation by pipeline type and analysis of the natural gas pipeline market

  • Onshore
  • Offshore

During 2015, the onshore market segment accounted for more than 68% of the total market share and dominated this market. Though the global energy industry’s focus in shifting their upstream operations toward offshore reserves will increase the market shares of the offshore pipeline segment, the market will continue to be dominated by the onshore segment throughout the forecast period.

Geographical segmentation and analysis of the natural gas pipeline market

  • Americas
  • APAC
  • EMEA

This market study estimates that in terms of geographical regions, the Americas will account for almost 81% shares of the natural gas pipeline market by 2020 and also predicts that the region to dominate this market throughout the forecast period. This will manly attribute to the increase in several technological and service-based investments in the oil and gas industry. The report estimates that the length of the natural gas pipelines will reach more than 2141 miles by the end of the forecast period.

Key questions answered in the report include

  • What will the market size and the growth rate be in 2020?
  • What are the key factors driving the global natural gas pipeline market?
  • What are the key market trends impacting the growth of the global natural gas pipeline market?
  • What are the challenges to market growth?
  • Who are the key vendors in the global natural gas pipeline market?
  • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the vendors in the global natural gas pipeline market?
  • Trending factors influencing the market shares of the Americas, APAC, and EMEA.
  • What are the key outcomes of the five forces analysis of the global natural gas pipeline market?

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