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A 6 Year Window of Opportunity for Refinery Equipment and MRO Service Providers

By Subbu Bettadapura, Sr. Director-Consulting, Energy & Environment Practice, Frost & Sullivan

A 6 Year Window of Opportunity for Refinery Equipment and MRO Service ProvidersSubbu Bettadapura, Sr. Director-Consulting, Energy & Environment Practice, Frost & Sullivan

INTRODUCTION

The global refining capacity is set to expand from 98.2 million barrels per day (mb/d) in 2017 to 105.6 mb/d in 2023. This translates to an addition of 7.4 mb/d day capacity addition during the period 2017 to 2023. At that level, the refining capacity should be sufficient to meet the entire projected requirement of product demand for the next 15 to 20 years. Hence, it becomes important that new equipment and service providers take note of this 6 year window of opportunity. Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) service providers can look forward to a stable growing market.

Exhibit 1: Refining Capacity and Refined Product Demand, Global, 2013 – 2023 The Asia Pacific region is projected to add 3.3mb/d by 2023 with the Middle East region adding 1.6mb/d during the same period. Hence, these two geographies also become hotspots for the growing refinery MRO market.

 

The refined product demand is forecast to grow from 94.8mb/d in 2017 to 99.2mb/d in 2023.

REFINED PRODUCT DEMAND ANALYSIS

The design and complexity of a refinery would take into account the crude input and the desired products based on market demand. A good understanding of the product demand by region would be important to understand the upcoming opportunities.

"By 2023, Asia Pacific is to account for 35.3 percent of the global refined product demand making it the largest regional market"

The demand for middle distillates such as Diesel and Gasoline will be largest till 2023. Regulatory changes such as MARPOL are to drive diesel demand growth.

There is scope for a significant demand decline for Gasoline in the long term after 2023 due to the expected increase in market penetration of electric vehicles and increased efficiencies of the engines using this fuel. In the marine sector, diesel could face a threat from LNG bunkering. Since LNG bunkering will need significant investments to be set up the supply infrastructure, marine grade diesel oil will continue to be in high demand. Hence, diesel demand will clearly be higher than gasoline demand after 2023.

The forecast also indicates that demand growth will increase for light products such as LPG and Naptha.

Exhibit 2: Demand Analysis Forecast by Refined Product Type, Global, 2013–2023

The demand for refined product in Asia Pacific steadily increases driven by China, India, and Southeast Asia.

By 2023, Asia Pacific is to account for 35.3 percent of the global refined product demand making it the largest regional market. North America (USA and Canada) would account for 22 percent of the total demand.

Exhibit 3: Demand Analysis of Refined Product Forecast by Region, Global, 2023

Even though Asia Pacific region adds significant refining capacity, the region is anticipated to have shortages of middle distillates by 2023. This demand can be met by North America, Middle East, and Europe supplies. These regions would have a surplus of middle distillates to cater to the increase Asia demand. North America projects would be geared towards processing of extra light crude from shale oil.

QUANTIFYING THE OPPORTUNITIES

The total refinery investment for Greenfield refinery projects during the period 2017 to 2023 is estimated to be 190.6 billion dollars. Projects in the Asia Pacific region will account for 40 percent of this investment followed by Middle East at 22 percent. Investments in Europe will be mainly driven by projects in Russia and the Caspian Sea region.

Exhibit 4: Total Refinery Investments for Greenfield Projects and Total Expenditure for Refinery MRO Services, by Global Regions, 2017–2023, USD Billion

The refinery MRO services market for the period 2017-2023 is forecast to be 20.4 billion dollars. MRO services opportunities in the Asia Pacific region are expected to grow steadily. The main drivers are increasing maintenance costs that lead to outsourcing of these services to proven contracts. With increasing private sector participation in the Asia Pacific refining sector, this trend is expected to continue.

The refinery sector presents a window of opportunity in the next six years for refinery equipment and MRO service providers, with Asia Pacific region offering the most growth

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