The global pipeline & process services market is projected to have a compound annual growth rate of 5.15%, from US$2.817 billion in 2019 to US$4.004 billion in 2026. The market of pipeline & process services is expected to drive by increasing demand for natural gas & crude oil (mainly, from the Asia Pacific), by increasing investments in the infrastructural developments, and by increasing the need for connectivity drive. The growth of the pipeline and process services market is restrained by the increasing demand and uses of renewable sources of energy, and technical and political instability problems by cross-border projects in the Middle East and the Asia Pacific regions.
By asset type, the pipeline and process services market are segmented by process and pipeline, where process segment is expected to have the significant growth in the forecast period majorly for pre-commissioning operations in the Middle East, North Africa, and the Asia Pacific regions, while the pipeline segment accounts for the significant market share and is also projected to have a potential growth in the forecast period. The pipeline segment is more demanding in the coming future due to the convenient transportation of the products, such as oil & gas, and so on. Pipelines are generally made of carbon steel, steel, and plastic cylinders. In short term, North America is expected to have the highest growth in the pipeline and process services, whereas, the Middle East and Africa is having the potential to grow in the forecast period due to increasing demand for LNG vessels. The pipeline sector is further segmented into transmission and distribution, where distribution is having the largest market share. The process sector is segmented into FPS, Refinery & Petrochemical, Gas Storage & Processing. The market by operations is segmented by pre-commissioning, commissioning, decommissioning, Maintenance, and others. Among them, the significant share of the market is accounted for by pre-commissioning and commissioning segments. The driving force for the growth of this segment is the higher volume of activities of gas processing and pre-commissioning in the Middle East and North Africa region, and that of refinery activities in the Asia Pacific region.
The Covid-19 has impacted the pipeline and process services market severely, as due to lock-downs the supply for the products which use the pipeline and process services, such as oil, natural gas, and so on has impacted adversely. In turn, it has also impacted the production activities in the manufacturing sector. This led to falling in the prices of the end-users products such as oil & gas, chemicals, natural gas, and so on. After lockdowns, the economies and the growth of the market are stabilizing and gaining positive growth. Though, due to increasing preferences for renewable sources, the growth in this market is expected to be positive for the short-term. Although, the recent stability and growing developmental projects will bring growth in the pipeline and process services market. This implies that as long as there are developmental projects and construction projects, the pipeline and process services market will have potential growth, mainly in the natural gas and oil sectors.
The Middle East and African countries (mainly, Saudi Arabia and Iran) have been attracting companies to invest in there due to the new developmental projects and expansions of the refineries and storage & processing activities. EnerMech has invested in a new process, pipe-line, and umbilical services division of $20 million and has been appointed as one of the industries leading pipeline experts to head up the unit. In 2019, Marathon Petroleum Corporation and Andeavor Logistics have merged with the former one for $23 billion, in order to expand the midstream company in the Marcellus shale and Permian Basin.
Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development project has been started to increase the production of the refined petrochemical products, where Petronas and Saudi Aramco has invested $7 billion to expand the capacity in Malaysia. Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India (TAPI) natural gas pipeline construction will begin in 2021 in Turkmenistan of 1125 miles, $33 billion cum/year. The pipeline runs 133 miles in Turkmenistan, 480 miles in Afghanistan, 512 in Pakistan, and the Indian border.
The Ajaokuta-Kaduna-kano pipeline (614 km long) project has been commissioned in 2020 by the NNPC (Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation) with an estimated cost of $2.8 billion. The aim of building the pipelines is to connect the regions of Nigeria to strengthen the industrial sector. Also, to boost the electricity sector, to increase the domestic gas’s use, and to increase the revenue of Nigeria by increasing the exports.
APAC to witness lucrative growth
The Asia Pacific is the region with the huge potential to grow in the pipeline and process services market. The market’s growth in this region is driven by the increasing demand for crude oil and natural gas, by increasing investments in the infrastructures of pipelines and transportation facilities. India and China are the potential regions in the Asia Pacific, due to the increase in the demand for natural gas and oil, and industrialization. In India, the world’s largest refinery project has been initiated to promote the growth of the energy sector with an investment of INR 3 Lacs crore. This project has been started by Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd, and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd to fulfill the domestic demand. This project is expected to add further investments in the future by at least 20% more. The refinery has been planned to the commission by 2025 and will produce Euro-VI and high-quality automotive fuels along with providing convenient exports and imports.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q1. What will be the pipeline & process services market size by 2026?
A1. The global pipeline & process services market is projected to reach a total market size of US$4.004 billion in 2026.
Q2. What are the growth prospects for the pipeline & process services market?
A2. The pipeline & process services market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 5.15% during the forecast period.
Q3. What is the size of the global pipeline & process services market?
A3. Pipeline And Process Services market was valued at US$2.817 billion in 2019.
Q4. Which region holds the largest market share in the pipeline & process services market?
A4. The Asia Pacific is the region with the huge potential to grow in the pipeline and process services market owing to the increasing demand for crude oil and natural gas, by increasing investments in the infrastructures of pipelines and transportation facilities.
Q5. What factors are anticipated to drive the pipeline & process services market growth?
A5. The pipeline & process services market is expected to drive by increasing demand for natural gas & crude oil, by increasing investments in the infrastructural developments, and by increasing the need for connectivity drive.