Global Crude Oil Pipelines Market 2016-2020

  • Published: Sep 2016
  • Pages: 200
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This industry research report identifies ABB, GE Oil & Gas, Kinder Morgan, Saipem, Shell, and Technip as the key vendors in the global crude oil pipelines market. This report also presents a competitive analysis of the market by pipeline type (onshore pipeline and offshore pipeline) and by geography (the Americas, APAC, and EMEA).

Overview of the global crude oil pipelines market

Market research analysts at Technavio have predicted that the global crude oil pipelines market will grow moderately during the next four years and estimate the total length of crude oil pipelines to reach almost 538 thousand miles by 2020. The major hydrocarbon-rich regions identified in the early 20th century have started to change significantly, which will induce the exploration and production (E&P) companies to start oil and gas exploration activities in unconventional avenues. This crude oil pipelines market research analysis identifies this shift in the base of crude oil reserves as one of the primary growth factors for this market. The recent years have seen a significant reduction in the rate of production in the established areas such as the Middle East, the Gulf of Mexico, and the North Sea. As a result, crude oil companies have moved their exploration activities to relatively new areas such as the Yamal basin in Russia, the Andaman Sea in the Indian sub-continent, and most significant regions in the Arctic and Antarctic. This will subsequently lead to the need for linking the producing regions to the consumer bases, in turn, fueling the growth of the market.

The transportation of heavy crude through pipelines is one of the major challenges faced by crude oil pipeline operators. The high density of these crude oils and rapid cooling makes their transportation through the long distance pipelines very cumbersome resulting in several operational issues in the pipeline system. This will lead to the increasing adoption of heated pipeline technology among oil and gas pipeline companies in the next four years.  With the upstream oil and gas areas moving into hostile environments and the global change in climatic conditions, this technology will play a significant role in the growth of the market.

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Competitive landscape and key vendors

Since a presence in the crude oil pipelines market is crucial for any vendor in controlling the entire organizational revenues, there are numerous vendors in the market. To help vendors define the contours of their profit horizons more clearly, this market research and analysis segments the market into three distinct verticals such as service providers, pipeline operators, and pipeline contractors. Each market segment is characterized by the presence of a number of pipeline companies who equally compete to gain a considerable share of the market. As a result, the competitive environment in this market is fierce.

The leading vendors in the market are -

  • ABB
  • GE Oil & Gas
  • Kinder Morgan
  • Saipem
  • Shell
  • Technip

The other prominent vendors in the market are Bharat Petroleum, BP, 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 Corporation, and ZTE Corporation.

Segmentation by pipeline type and analysis of the crude oil pipelines market

  • Onshore pipeline
  • Offshore pipeline

Accounting for more than 66% of the total crude oil pipelines shares, the on-shore pipeline type dominated the industry during 2015. The growth of this segment will be moderate during the early years of the forecast period, and the segment is projected to experience a decline in the growth rates during the later years. Analysts estimate the length of the crude oil pipeline systems in the onshore segment to extend to almost 356 thousand miles during the next four years.

Geographical segmentation and analysis of the crude oil pipelines market

  • Americas
  • APAC
  • EMEA

This market study predicts that in terms of geographical regions, the Americas will be the major contributor to the market throughout the next four years and estimates this segment to account for more than 58% of the total market shares by 2020. Though the crude oil transportation market in this region is matured, region is still expanding its crude oil pipelines, which mainly attributes to the constant demand from countries such as the US, Canada, and Mexico.

Key questions answered in the report include

  • What will the crude oil pipelines market size and the growth rate be in 2020?
  • What are the key factors driving the global crude oil pipelines market?
  • What are the key crude oil pipelines market trends impacting the growth of the market?
  • What are the challenges to market growth?
  • Who are the key vendors in the global crude oil pipelines market?
  • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the vendors in the global crude oil pipelines 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 crude oil pipelines market?

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Table of Contents

PART 01: Executive summary

  • Highlights

PART 02: Scope of the report

  • Market overview
  • Top-vendor offerings

PART 03: Market research methodology

  • Research methodology
  • Economic indicators

PART 04: Introduction

  • Key market highlights
  • Technological overview

PART 05: Market landscape

  • Market overview
  • Market size and forecast
  • Five forces analysis

PART 06: Market segmentation by pipeline types

  • Global crude oil pipeline market by pipeline types

PART 07: Geographical segmentation

  • Global crude oil pipeline market segmentation by geography
  • Crude oil pipeline market in APAC
  • Crude oil pipeline market in Americas
  • Crude oil pipeline market in EMEA

PART 08: Market drivers

  • Shift in base of crude oil reserves
  • Increase in multinational joint development agreements
  • Economic advantages of pipeline transportation

PART 01: Impact of drivers

PART 09: Market challenges

  • Rise in pipeline sabotage threats
  • Requirement of billion-dollar investments in pipelines
  • High vulnerability to natural occurrences

PART 10: Impact of drivers and challenges

PART 11: Market trends

  • Increased encounters of hostile operational conditions
  • Enhanced pipeline integrity management systems
  • Heated pipeline technology

PART 02: Vendor landscape

  • Competitive landscape
  • Other prominent vendors

PART 12: Key vendor analysis

  • Crude oil pipeline service providers
  • ABB
  • GE Oil & Gas
  • Crude oil pipeline contractors
  • Saipem
  • Technip
  • Crude oil pipeline operators
  • Kinder Morgan
  • Shell

PART 13: Appendix

  • List of abbreviations

PART 14: Explore Technavio

Research Framework

Technavio presents a detailed picture of the market by way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources. The analysts have presented the various facets of the market with a particular focus on identifying the key industry influencers. The data thus presented is comprehensive, reliable, and the result of extensive research, both primary and secondary.


Primary sources

  • Manufacturers and suppliers
  • Channel partners
  • Industry experts
  • Strategic decision makers

Secondary sources

  • Industry journals and periodicals
  • Government data
  • Financial reports of key industry players
  • Historical data
  • Press releases


Data Synthesis

  • Collation of data
  • Estimation of key figures
  • Analysis of derived insights

Data Validation

  • Triangulation with data models
  • Reference against proprietary databases
  • Corroboration with industry experts



  • Market drivers
  • Market challenges
  • Market trends
  • Five forces analysis


  • Market size and forecast
  • Market segmentation
  • Geographical insights
  • Competitive landscape
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