Onshore Pipelines Forecast – Operations and Maintenance Activity to Boost Spend

Published Dec 16, 2016
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Douglas-Westwood (DW) has launched its 6th edition of the World Onshore Pipelines Market Forecast with new operations expenditure (Opex) forecasts. The report considers the prospects for the onshore pipelines construction business and values the future capital expenditure (Capex) and Opex markets through to 2021 by key component/segment, region, pipeline product and diameter.

The sector has been negatively impacted by the sustained low oil price environment, whereby reduced investment in early feasibility and front-end engineering and design (FEED) work is expected to impact the latter years of the forecast period. However, overall expenditure is expected to be bolstered by greater installation activity in the near-term, due to projects that were sanctioned prior to the downturn.

Report Author, Katy Smith, comments, “DW expects total onshore pipeline Capex over the forecast period to increase slightly to USD 203 billion (bn), a rise of 5% compared with USD 194 bn over the preceding 5-year period. Pipeline additions are predicted to increase overall, compared to 2012-2016, though many regions will see declines during the forecast. Global installed kilometres (km) over the forecast will total over 276,000 km, representing an increase of 2% compared to the previous 5-year period.”

“North America and Asia remain the highest volume markets, together accounting for approximately 53% of global Capex over the forecast period. Australasia, having seen a large increase in installations over recent years due to the number of LNG projects in the area, is expected to see a significant decline in Capex as a number of these projects begin operations mid-forecast. Eastern Europe & FSU is expected to be the most resilient pipeline market, with 2021 expenditure of around USD 5.6 bn seeing only a 7% decline from USD 6 bn in 2017, owing to key pipeline projects such as Power of Siberia 1 and 2,” adds Smith.

“The operations and maintenance market has a more positive outlook, as the majority of regions already possess a large installed base of pipeline. Total Opex is expected to be approximately USD 132 bn over the 2017-2021 period, compared to USD 114 bn in the preceding five years, representing a 16% increase. Unlike Capex, this sector is somewhat sheltered by stringent pipeline regulations and the need to continue operations. North America will see the greatest operations and maintenance expenditure – 37% of total Opex during the forecast – due to the region having the largest installed base. More than half of the USD 10.5 bn Opex expenditure in North America will be associated with pipeline operation costs (covering routine expenditure associated with the day-to-day operation of the pipeline facility, including monitoring, routine pigging, and cleaning), due to ageing infrastructure and more stringent pipeline regulations, whilst a quarter of it will be linked to station costs,” concludes Smith.

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