Demand Growing for Pipeline Coatings

News Item From: Products Finishing

Posted on: 6/30/2011

The market for pipeline protection has been expanding to provide increased security to energy and water supplies.

The market for pipeline protection has been expanding to provide increased security to energy and water supplies. At the Applied Market Information (AMI) conference on pipeline coating earlier this year, AMI consultant Noru Tsalic valued the market at about 5 billion euros in 2009 and predicted growth to 6.5 billion euros by 2013.

The conference highlighted a variety of information on the market for pipeline protection. According to the presentations, the highest demand for coatings is in Asia, with 23 percent market share, followed by Europe at 19 percent, then NAFTA and the CIS states at 17 percent each. Concrete coating is the highest value sector at 42 percent, followed by external anticorrosion at 38 percent, internal coatings at 11 percent and thermal insulation at 9 percent. Gas and oil use most of the coated pipeline, with a small fraction used for water distribution.

Europe currently imports 54 percent of the energy it requires each year, and this will rise to 70 percent in 2030 as its resources are depleted, according to corrosion protection manufacturer Denso, which is providing field joint coating on new pipelines being built across Europe. The new pipelines include Nord Stream, which will carry gas from Russia to Europe, and the OPAL and NEL pipelines, which will connect it to the existing network in Central and Western Europe.

For more information from presentations made at the AMI conference, contact Sally Humphreys, business development manager, at sh@amiplastics.com



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