-- Gases are liquefied using compressors near production sites for transport
MOUNTAIN VIEW, California, June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Increased investments in pipelines and unconventional energy sources like shale gas and oil sands will boost the North American compressor market. Compressor sales will receive a fillip from the expansion of small- and medium-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan's (http://www.industrialautomation.frost.com) North American Compressors in Oil and Gas Applications research finds the market earned revenue of $759.0 million in 2012 and estimates this to reach $1.1 billion in 2018. The research covers air and gas compressors.
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"Transportation of oil and gas is on the rise in the U.S., with projected infrastructure investments of nearly $8.0 billion annually over the next 10 years," noted Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Sandeep Karuppuswamy. "This will have a beneficial effect on the uptake of compression systems. The creation of several booster stations along pipelines will generate further demand for compressors."
Huge investments in shale gas exploration and production are likely to result in the U.S. becoming an exporter of natural gas in the next five years. Natural gas has a low emission profile, which makes it a highly desirable, green fuel.
"The need to increase natural gas production to meet soaring demand will have a positive impact on the sales of compressors," said Karuppuswamy. "This will boost uptake in the upstream segment."
Similarly, the use of hydrogen to convert Canadian oil sands to usable petroleum products will trigger tremendous demand for compressors in refineries. This opens up more opportunities in the downstream segment.
The establishment of small- and medium-scale LNG plants will also positively impact compressor sales. As these plants are likely to use tankers and rail cars rather than pipelines for transportation, gases will be liquefied near the site using compressors.
Key competitive factors are reliability, quality, efficiency and flexibility in terms of product and customer service. End users will demand a complete range of services.
"The market is moving toward integrated solutions and services as well as intelligent, electronically integrated equipment," concluded Karuppuswamy. "High-speed direct drive and remote asset management are the key technologies to monitor."
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