In 2023, market players might incur losses due to huge gap in currency translation followed by contracting revenues, shrinking profit margins & cost pressure on logistics and supply chain.
Controlling Inflation has become the first priority for global economies from last quarter of 2022 and to be followed in 2023. With skewed economic situations, rise in interest rate by governments to control spending and inflation, spiked oil and gas prices, high inflation, geo-political issues including U.S. & China trade war, Russia-Ukraine conflict to intensify the global economic issues.
The interest rates in the U.S. may be less sensitive in 2023 as compared to 2022; sigh of relief for businesses. Positive business sentiments, healthy business balance sheets, growth in construction spending (private construction value in 2022 stood at $1,429.2 billion, 11.7 percent (±1.0 percent) above the $1,279.5 billion spent in 2021, Residential construction in 2022 was $899.1 billion, up by 13.3 percent (±2.1 percent) from $793.7 billion in 2021, non-residential construction touched $530.1 billion, 9.1 percent (±1.0 percent) above the $485.8 billion in 2021.) showcases minimal impact of recession in the country.
Similarly, spiked spending in the European and major Asia economics including, India, China & Japan to showcase less impact on the global demand.
· April 14, 2021: McDermott International’s CB&I storage solutions business was awarded a contract by AG&P for the procurement and construction of Philippine’s first ever LNG import terminal, which will be located in Batangas.
· March 17, 2020: INOX signed an agreement with Shell India to deploy distribution infrastructure for LNG to provide access to those not connected to pipelines.
The liquified natural gas (LNG) tank market is estimated to garner a large revenue by recording a CAGR of ~7% over the forecast period, i.e., 2022 – 2030. The growth of the market can be attributed to the increasing demand for LNG in the energy, power and steel industries, coupled with the rise in the number of regasification and floating storage units around the world. In 2019, the global demand for LNG rose by more than 12%, amounting to a production value of almost 360 million tons. The demand is evaluated to double by the end of 2050. Along with these, growing cargo transportation and high usage of LNG as a fuel for heavy duty vehicles are also expected to drive market growth in the near future. Furthermore, the overall rise in the production of natural gas and escalating advancements in drilling technology are projected to offer lucrative opportunities to the market in the upcoming years.
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The market is segmented by material into aluminum alloy, steel, and 9% nickel steel, out of which, the steel segment is anticipated to hold the largest share in the LNG tank market on account of the excellent properties of steel, such as distinguished durability, stiffness, corrosion resistance and low thermal conductivity. In addition, high usage of steel to produce applications requiring refrigeration is also expected to boost the growth of the segment in the forecast period. Moreover, on the basis of type, the segment for self-supporting LNG tanks, which can be credited to the rising import and export of LNG around the world and the increase in the number of bunkering facilities.
Qatar was the largest exporter of LNG in 2019. The exporting value of the gas amounted to be more than 106 billion cubic meters that year.
In 2018, the world’s total energy supply was 14282 Mtoe, wherein the highest share in terms of source was captured by oil, accounting for 31.6%, followed by coal (26.9%), natural gas (22.8%), biofuels and waste (9.3%), nuclear (4.9%), hydro (2.5%), and other (2.0%). Where there was an increase in energy demand in 2018, the year 2019 witnessed slow growth as the energy efficiency improved owing to decline in the demand for cooling and heating. However, in 2020, the electricity demand decreased by 2.5% in the first quarter of 2020 due to the outbreak of Coronavirus resulting in government-imposed shutdowns in order to limit the spread of the virus, which was further followed by shutdown of numerous business operations impacting their growth. This also resulted in decline of 5.8% in the worldwide CO2 emissions which was recorded to be five times larger than the one recorded during the global financial crisis in 2009. However, in 2021, the demand for oil, gas and coal is estimated to witness growth, which is further projected to create opportunities for market growth. Moreover, rising environment degradation and awareness related to climate change is motivating many key players to employ sustainable energy strategies and invest significantly in environment-friendly power generation technologies with an aim to promote sustainable development among various nations around the world. Such factors are anticipated to promote the growth of the market in upcoming years.
On the basis of geographical analysis, the LNG tank market is segmented into five major regions including North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East & Africa. The market in the Asia Pacific region is estimated to occupy the largest market share and witness the highest growth over the forecast period on the back of growing investments for the construction of LNG bunkering facilities and the rising use of natural gas in several end-user industries. Apart from these, increasing manufacturing capacities of nations namely, China and India, is assessed to drive market growth in the region. High consumption of liquefied natural gas in Japan, China and South Korea is also estimated to fuel the expansion of market in the APAC. Additionally, Europe is also estimated to occupy a significant share in the market during the forecast period owing to the presence of major LNG importing countries in the region, including France, the U.K., Spain, Belgium and Italy. For instance, France and Spain were the two largest importers of LNG in 2019. In that year, the countries traded in approximately 23 and 22 billion cubic meters of the gas, respectively.
The LNG tank market is further classified on the basis of region as follows:
Our in-depth analysis of the LNG tank market includes the following segments:
Ans: The major growth drivers for the market are growing demand for LNG in energy and power industries and increasing production of natural gas.
Ans: The market is anticipated to attain a CAGR of ~7% over the forecast period, i.e., 2022 – 2030.
Ans: High competition to LNG from fossil and renewable energy sources is estimated to hamper the market growth.
Ans: Asia Pacific will provide more business opportunities to the market on the back of rising investments for the construction of LNG bunkering facilities and increasing usage of natural gas in several end-user industries in the region.
Ans: The major players in the market are McDermott International Inc., Linde Plc, Air Water Inc., IHI Corporation, Chart Industries, Inc., and others.
Ans: The company profiles are selected based on the revenues generated from the product segment, geographical presence of the company which determine the revenue generating capacity as well as the new products being launched into the market by the company.
Ans: The market is segmented by material, tank type, and by region.
Ans: The steel segment is anticipated to hold largest market size and is estimated to grow at a notable CAGR over the forecast period and display significant growth opportunities.