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Natural Gas Distribution in the US - Industry Market Research Report

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  • 46 Pages
  • June 2022
  • Region: United States
  • IBISWorld
  • ID: 16666

Down the Pipeline: The Price of Natural Gas is Expected to Fall, Hampering Industry Expansion

The Natural Gas Distribution industry has performed erratically over the five years to 2019. Revenue declined significantly just prior to the current period, in line with the shale gas boom, which resulted in a flood of domestic natural gas production. When combined with a shortage of pipeline infrastructure and export facilities, this triggered a collapse in natural gas prices. The economic significance of natural gas has grown over the past decade, with manufacturers and electricity utilities increasingly relying on natural gas as an energy source due to declining prices. Using data sourced from the US Energy Information Administration, overall natural gas consumption is forecast to climb over the five years to 2019. Over the five years to 2024, natural gas production is projected to slow, while infrastructure investments will boost pipeline and export capacity. Upstream gas extractors are therefore expected to charge higher prices on export markets, while regulatory agencies are set to belatedly raise retail rates.

The majority of companies in this industry manage gas distribution systems consisting primarily of gas mains and meters that transport gas to end users. Other companies are gas marketers that buy gas directly from the well and sell it to a distribution system, while others are gas brokers or agents that arrange for gas to be sold via distribution systems operated by other companies.

This report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecasts, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.


Table of Contents

ABOUT THIS INDUSTRY

  • Industry Definition
  • Main Activities
  • Similar Industries
  • Additional Resources

INDUSTRY AT A GLANCE


INDUSTRY PERFORMANCE

  • Executive Summary
  • Key External Drivers
  • Current Performance
  • Industry Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle

PRODUCTS & MARKETS

  • Supply Chain
  • Products & Services
  • Demand Determinants
  • Major Markets
  • International Trade
  • Business Locations

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

  • Market Share Concentration
  • Key Success Factors
  • Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Basis of Competition
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Industry Globalization

MAJOR COMPANIES


OPERATING CONDITIONS

  • Capital Intensity
  • Technology & Systems
  • Revenue Volatility
  • Regulation & Policy
  • Industry Assistance

KEY STATISTICS

  • Industry Data
  • Annual Change
  • Key Ratios

JARGON & GLOSSARY

Companies Mentioned

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • Nisource Inc.
  • Atmos Energy Corp
  • The Southern Company
  • West Texas Gas Inc.

Methodology

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