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Distributed Buoyancy Modules Market Size, Share, Trend & Forecast (2020-2025) | Covid-19 Impact Analysis
Distributed Buoyancy Modules Market is Segmented by Application Type (Riser Systems, Flowlines, Umbilical, Wind Farm Cables, and Others), by Depth Type (Subsea, Subsurface, and Surface), by Material Type (Synthetic Foam, Polyurethane Foam, and Others), and by Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, The Middle East & Africa, and Latin America).
Buoyancy is an upward thrust exerted by fluid opposing the weight of the immersed object. This upward thrust is equal to the weight of the water displaced by the immersed object. Buoyancy products are objects fabricated to apply these solutions. Distributed buoyancy modules are clamped to umbilical, risers, or pipelines to hold them in specific geometric configurations with an aim to prevent overutilization of the system. The modules are attached to the equipment through clamps, which makes them easy and quick to install. They are widely used in SURF application in offshore oil & gas production and offshore wind farm cables.
In 2014, when oil price began plummeting, offshore exploration activity reduced in parallel, falling nearly 40% before finding its bottom in 2016-2017. It led to an approximate plunge of 60% in offshore exploration expenditure during 2014-2017, mainly due to the reduced cashflow, growth of US shale gas production, and reduction in offshore acreage awarded. But then came 2018, the year of transition of the global offshore oil & gas industry with an increase in the well count since the start of the downturn. In 2019, an increase of 8%-10% was witnessed in the number of offshore exploration wells drilled compared to 2018.
The oil & gas industry stakeholders were predicting the year 2020 as another remarkable year for exploration with about 45 countries expected to launch more than 50 lease rounds out of which 60% were in offshore areas. But the outbreak of the COVID-19 in China and its rapid spread across the world led to gloomy market conditions.
The prices of crude oil declined from $60 per barrel at the start of the year to $20 per barrel in the month of April in the wake of the steep fall in crude oil demand followed by the collapse of the three-year-old pact between Russia and Saudi Arabia. Further, the discount on oil prices by Saudi Arabia and the increase in crude oil production by Russia and Saudi Arabia worsened the industry conditions.
As per Rystad Energy, there will be a plunge of almost 60% in newly licensed offshore oil & gas exploration acreage this year. Similarly, the firm is also expecting a massive decline of about 68% in 2020 from 2019 in oil & gas project sanctioning. In 2019, the offshore oil & gas project sanctioned was about US$ 104 billion, which may fall to US$ 39 billion and US$ 31 billion assuming the oil price scenario of US$ 40 per barrel and US$ 30, respectively.
The demand for distributed buoyancy modules is largely dependent on the health of the offshore oil & gas investments. It is anticipated that the market for distributed buoyancy modules will plummet in 2020, mainly because of nose-diving offshore oil & gas investments across regions. However, the rate of decline will not be huge since the major distributed buoyancy module suppliers have piled many contracts, which may help them to survive in this challenging market environment. However, they have been expecting a steep decline in the year 2021. The market is estimated to rebound from 2022 onwards, reaching an estimated value of US$ 91.6 million in 2025.
Based on the application type, the market is segmented into riser systems, flowlines, umbilical, wind farm cables, and others. Riser system is expected to remain the largest segment of the market during the forecast period. Continuous efforts of oil & gas companies to obtain maximum efficiency, reduce break-even cost for offshore oil & gas production, and increase deepwater and ultra-deepwater oil & gas production are driving the demand for distributed buoyancy modules in riser systems.
Wind farm cable is estimated to be the fastest-growing application of the market during the same period. High focus on the development of renewable energy of the leading economies with increased attention towards offshore wind energy is primarily driving the demand for distributed buoyancy modules in the segment. Reduction in the production cost of offshore wind turbines with the development of more efficient, larger turbines and government initiatives to boost renewable energy are attracting companies to invest in offshore wind energy, which, in turn, is propelling the demand for distributed buoyancy modules for wind farm cable applications.
Based on the material type, the market is segmented into synthetic foam, polyurethane foam, and others. Synthetic foam is expected to remain the dominant material during the forecast period. Distributed buoyancy modules are mostly used for deepwater and ultra-deepwater applications. High buoyancy per volume and extremely low water absorption properties make synthetic foam the first preference for ultra-deepwater and deepwater applications.
Polyurethane foam is estimated to be the fastest-growing material type during the same period. Most of the offshore wind farms operate in shallow water and uses polyurethane-foam based distributed buoyancy modules for cable applications. Rapidly increasing offshore wind installations are generating a huge demand for polyurethane-based distributed buoyancy modules.
Despite the European oil & gas industry serverly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, the European region will maintain its leadership in the distributed buoyancy modules market in the coming five years. The credit goes to the flourishing offshore wind energy in the key countries such as the UK. It is anticipated that the demand for DBMs may stall for the short-term in the region with the expected recovery from 2022 onwards. Scheduled new offshore wind turbine installations and increasing activities in deepwater and ultra-deepwater oil fields in the North Sea will contribute towards a healthy demand generation of distributed buoyancy modules in the region in the long run.
North America is expected to be the fastest-growing market for distributed buoyancy modules during the forecast period. Offshore wind production in the USA is expected to commence from 2022 as production cost has been reduced by using more efficient and bigger turbines. As per GWEC, around 5.8 GW of offshore wind energy installations are expected to be installed by 2024 in North America, which will generate a healthy demand for distributed buoyancy modules in the region. Also, the USA is the largest producer of crude oil in the world, which further aids the demand for these modules in the region.
The supply chain of this market comprises raw material suppliers, distributed buoyancy modules manufacturers, distributors, and end users (such as oil & gas companies, and offshore renewable energy firms). The key players in the distributed buoyancy modules market are Trelleborg AB, Balmoral Offshore Engineering, Matrix Composites & Engineering Limited, Advance Insulation, Fendercare Marine, DeepWater Buoyancy, Inc., Bardot Group, Forum Energy Technologies, Inc., Floatex S.R.L, and ALSEAMER.
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Distributed buoyancy modules are clamped to umbilical, risers, or pipelines to hold them in specific geometric configurations with an aim to prevent overutilization of the system. The modules are attached to the equipment through clamps, which makes them easy and quick to install. They are widely used in SURF application in offshore oil & gas production and offshore wind farm cables.
Riser systems, flowlines, umbilical, and wind farm cables are the major applications of DBMs. Riser system is expected to remain the largest segment of the market during the forecast period.
Europe will maintain its leadership in the distributed buoyancy modules market in the coming five years. The credit goes to the flourishing offshore wind energy in the key countries such as the UK. It is anticipated that the demand for DBMs may stall for the short-term in the region with the expected recovery from 2022 onwards. Scheduled new offshore wind turbine installations and increasing activities in deepwater and ultra-deepwater oil fields in the North Sea will contribute towards a healthy demand generation of distributed buoyancy modules in the region in the long run.
The key players in the distributed buoyancy modules market are Trelleborg AB, Balmoral Offshore Engineering, Matrix Composites & Engineering Limited, Advance Insulation, Fendercare Marine, DeepWater Buoyancy, Inc., Bardot Group, Forum Energy Technologies, Inc., Floatex S.R.L, and ALSEAMER.