Offshore Pipeline & Control Line Market Report To 2016

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Product Launch on 13/06/2012

Infield Systems has recently published the seventh edition of the Global Perspectives Offshore Pipeline & Control Line Market Report To 2016, which provides a comprehensive analysis of this key sector of the industry. Analysis focuses on the core market segments: SURF, Conventional Pipelines and Trunk/Export Lines. This report considers the effects that macroeconomic forces have on pipeline developments and provides an in depth, region by region analysis which highlights how the geopolitical issues affecting the oil and gas industry today are impacting this specific market segment. A new section provides analysis on the financial and services capabilities of the major EPIC contractors.

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The global events of 2011 had a significant impact on the oil and gas industry. Today, even taking into account the risks of a double dip recession in Europe, the macro environment is more positive and the industry appears to be undergoing an expansionary phase driven by larger E&P budgets from operators. In terms of the pipeline and control lines market, this can be seen by the increase in kilometres laid - 2011 saw a 9.1% increase compared to the previous year. Infield Systems anticipates that more than 89,000 kilometres of pipelines and control lines will be installed during the 2012-2016 forecast period. 42% of the total investment is expected to be directed towards projects in Europe and Asia. Although the average length and diameter tend to decrease in deep water environments, due to issues with pipeline integrity and installation limitations, capital expenditure per kilometre increases significantly with greater water depths as a result of the increased project complexity in such environments.

In Europe, subsea and trunkline developments in Norway and the UK are forecast to drive investment levels. The UK increase will primarily be driven by Independent operators developing marginal oil and gas fields via tie-backs to existing infrastructure. IOCs are also expected to drive growth as they explore the UK's deeper water potential, for example, Total's Laggan gas field and Chevron's Rosebank oil and gas field. In Norway, Statoil is forecast to be the primary source of investment and is expected to invest four times more Capex than it did in 2007-2011 in order to support its increased number of subsea tiebacks and to further the development of new oil and gas fields in frontier areas.

In Asia, the unprecedented demand for hydrocarbons is forcing indigenous National Oil Companies to increase their investment in pipelines in order to expand the network of connected shallow water gas platforms. Malaysia's NOC, Petronas, for example, is expected to invest more than $2.9bn in pipelines and control lines for shallow water projects, such as, the Kebabangan and Bergading area gas fields.

Australasia is expected to see the largest proportionate growth during the forecast period. Whilst pipeline developments will continue to be installed in shallow waters, the distance from shore is increasing which is driving growth in the pipelines market. Over 5,900 kilometres of pipeline are expected to be installed during 2012-2016, compared to just over 1,500 kilometres over 2007-2011. Subsea related developments such as Inpex's Ichthys and Chevron's Gorgon and Wheatstone projects are likely to dominate the future scene.

In the deepwater Atlantic triangle area of West Africa, Brazil and the US GoM, operators are expected to drive an increase in pipeline Capex of nearly 50% over the forecast period. In deepwater US GoM, pipeline and control line related investment was significantly hit by the financial crisis and the Macondo incident with year-on-year declines since 2008. 2012, however, looks likely to see activity return to more historically consistent levels as a result of the upturn in awards. 2012 projects that were awarded in the 2010-2011 period include: Chevron's Walker Ridge Jack/St Malo and Big Foot and Anadarko's Keathley Canyon Lucius. In Brazil, Infield Systems expects the main impact of pre-salt pipelines investment to occur from 2012 onwards with capital expenditure linked to projects related to the Lula, Sapinhoa, Franco and Libra developments.

On a global level, operators Petrobras and Chevron are forecast to account for the largest share of capital investment as a result of the volume, complexity and increased depth of their projects. In comparison to other segments of the oil and gas industry, where investment by operator is relatively concentrated to a limited number of oil companies, the pipelines and control lines market has a more diverse client base.

Overall, 2012 is expected to be a milestone year with unprecedented levels of activity expected in terms of the length of pipeline and control lines being installed.

Why You Should Buy This Report

  • The report contains data developed by Infield Systems' market modeling process, OFFPEX, which is based on a unique "bottom up approach" to forecasting. OFFPEX's component by component and project by project forecasting process is robust and has a proven track record.
  • The report provides a comprehensive analysis of the pipeline and control line markets on a country-by-country basis, in terms of both forecast Capex as well as the total length - in kilometres - expected to be installed.
  • The report provides a detailed sector analysis, sub-diving the control line and pipeline markets in terms of: market segment, water depth and diameter groups, which provides a clear insight into the precise drivers of market demand across the globe as well as the types of installations contractors may expect to see during the forecast period.
  • The report provides in-depth analysis of the key EPIC contractors in terms of their financial credentials and their service capabilities.

Report Contents

  • Executive Summary Presents an overview of the Pipeline and Control Line sector, outlining the key themes of this year's report on both a regional and sector basis.
  • Global Market Overview Reviews the drivers behind the global offshore oil and gas business including current oil market supply and demand fundamentals, and oil price trends. This section also provides a comprehensive analysis of geopolitical issues in the Middle East and North Africa, the Fukushima incident and the potential effects of the european sovereign debt crisis on the oil and gas industry.
  • Sector Analysis Provides a more in depth analysis of the drivers behind the pipeline and control line market, looking at the continued growth in frontier developments offshore Australasia and Asia's rising energy demands, the shift towards deepwater developments in the US Gulf of Mexico and increased demand for EPIC services from Petrobras. This section also covers key EPIC contractors and flexible manufacturers in terms of their financials and product/service capabilities. Key current project case studies are also presented.
  • Regional Analysis and Forecast In keeping with the rest of the reports in the Global Perspectives series, the regional section of this report examines the seven key regions in turn. For each region, Infield Systems presents a forecast for the 2007-2016 period by country, both in terms of kilometres installed and capital expenditure invested. The water depth and expected diameter of pipeline installations is also presented. This is followed by a forecast by market segment and type, with the pipelines sector further divided and analysed by SURF, Conventional and Trunk/Export Lines; whilst Control Line forecasts are presented in terms of Communications, Power Line and Umbilicals.
  • Sector Forecasts In this section, Infield Systems examines in greater detail: pipelines by region and market segment, separating out SURF, Conventional and Trunk/Export Lines, in addition to presenting the Flexible and Rigid Pipeline market in terms of water depth and diameter groups. Control Lines are analysed in terms of region and type (Umbilical, Power Line, Electric Heating, Seismic Cable, and Communications). The Umbilical market is further sub-divided into water depth, diameter and type. Finally, in the Combined Forecast sub-section, there is a summary showing total kilometres laid and capital expenditure for the Pipeline and Control Line markets.
  • Appendices and Notes This section provides a definition of the seven regions by country, a glossary and additional definitions.

Pipelines Online

Purchasers of the Global Perspectives Offshore Pipelines & Control Lines Market Report To 2016 receive 12 months access to a database of major offshore pipeline, control line and umbilical projects in the current year and four years forward, worldwide. The projects included in Pipelines Online are as follows:

  • Flowlines of 50 Km in length and over
  • Flowlines of 12.5Km in length and over, with a diameter of 16"and greater
  • Umbilicals & Control Lines of 25Km in length and over

Pipelines Online is a subset of the Pipelines and Control Lines Data Sets from the Offshore Energy Database, which tracks over 53,000 pipelines and flowlines and 18,500 umbilicals, worldwide which range from one inch diameter, one metre length jumper lines though to the major intercontinental export lines. Upgrades about other pipeline and control line projects are available upon request.

For each Pipeline project the following information is provided:

  • Region
  • Country
  • Operator Name
  • Pipeline Route
  • Project Status
  • Pipeline Diameter (Inches)
  • Pipeline Length (Metres)
  • Buried, Surface or Trenched
  • Product
  • Date/Year Pipeline Laid
  • Pipeline Maximum Water Depth (Metres)
  • Pipeline Type (Steel, Flexible, Stainless Steel)
  • Pipeline Tube Type (Steel, Flexible, Stainless Steel)
  • Pipeline Weight Coat
  • Pipeline Lay Vessel Type

For each Control & Umbilical Line project the following information is provided:

  • Region
  • Country
  • Operator Name, Address and Contact Details
  • Control Line Route
  • Project Status
  • Control Line Length (Metres)
  • Buried, Surface or Trench Lay
  • Date/Year Control Line Laid
  • Control Line Maximum Water Depth (Metres)
  • Control Line Type
  • Control Line Line Type

By subscribing to Pipelines Online you will receive

  • A three user single site licence for a period of 12 months
  • Access to the latest published data set
  • Unlimited access to the data through InfieldLive
  • Ability to download the complete data sets to MS Excel, MS Access etc. or to interrogate the information online and export results or save online queries
  • Support, assistance and advice on getting the most from your subscription


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