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Sensors in Oil and Gas Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

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  • 120 Pages
  • January 2021
  • Region: Global
  • Mordor Intelligence
  • ID: 4622625
The Sensors in the Oil and Gas market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of about 6.54% over the forecast period 2021 - 2026. With the increasing trend of big data analytics, wearables devices, and interactive workstations, sensorization is the next step because it facilitates remote monitoring and managing of field operations by an Oil & Gas company.
  • The rising adoption of IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things ) sensors in the oil and gas industry is mainly driven by the need to reduce costs. The installation of these sensors not only takes less time but also costs less, owing to technical advancements and easy assembling options that sensor manufacturers offer, to end users.
  • The current oil price environment is driving significant changes and difficult decisions across the oil and gas industry. New operating models and strategies that improve CAPEX and OPEX are required to respond to short- and mid-term market supply and demand dynamics. The long-term requirement for sustainable solutions that reinforce safety and environmental performance is one of the topmost priorities. From drill pad to refinery, the application of sensors helps operators to achieve a unique balance, through a spectrum of upstream, midstream, and downstream technological innovations and solutions.
  • The sensor manufacturers are increasingly offering sensors designed with easy assembling options. Owing to technical advancements, the competition among major manufacturers of sensors and service providers of IoT products is intensifying, thereby boosting the adoption of these sensors, in the oil and gas industry.
  • Additionally, the oil & gas industry is suffering from a skilled labor shortage. The shallow talent pool has made it complicated for oil & gas companies to hire new employees with the technical skills required to work on new energy sources. Moreover, stress with the oil prices declining over 2020, in the wake of COVID-19 & price war between Saudi Arabi and Russia, is expected to drive the oil producing companies to improve their production efficiency and is expected to dive the demand in the sector.

Key Market Trends

Upstream Industries Offers Potential Growth
  • The upstream industry finds and produces crude oil and natural gas. The upstream is sometimes also known as the exploration and production (E&P) sector. Crude oil is widely used in transportation, industrial activities, and electric power. Natural gas and crude oil are located deep underground, concealed in rock layers. Many reservoirs are below the sea or in regions that are difficult to access and have an extreme climate. Thus, sensors along with other useful seismic images help the manufactures to get accurate information about where to drill. This helps them in reducing the extra cost associated with drilling costs.
  • Further, cheap sensors, widening connectivity coupled with increasing computing power are driving the demand for sensors during the procurement process for Oil and Gas. Sensors, incorporated in equipment gives real-time insights, which help the companies in planning the maintenance and optimizes the operational activity.
  • Moreover, for Oil and Gas industry, efficiency, productivity, and health and safety will only be maximized if systems, equipment, and sensors from across the industry's value chain are sharing data and learning from one another. Thus with the help of wireless sensors and personal monitoring systems, it will be easy to locate when workers are being exposed to unhealthy hazardous substances and subsequently effective actions can be taken.
  • Therefore all the above factors are expected to have a positive impact on the sensors market in the oil and gas industry during the forecast period.

Europe Holds a Significant Market Share
  • When compared o leading producers in US and the Middle East, Europe has a lower number of oil and gas rigs. Adding to this scenario, the oil production in the European Union has decreased considerably in the past few years. It is estimated that since 2016, the region’s oil production has been declining by 1.2% annually.
  • However, a series of successful licensing rounds and promising finds have sent a wave of optimism across the industry according to IOGP ’s (International Association of Oil & Gas Producers) most recent data.
  • Further, the advent of wireless sensors has simplified the operations across the oil and gas sector. In Europe, I-WSN was initiated in 2015 whose objective of I-WSN is to develop a large-scale and low-cost solution for predictive maintenance and automated condition monitoring that will have a disruptive impact on the offshore maintenance and operations market.
  • According to the European Space Agency (ESA), gas pipes in the EU alone stretch 140 000 km, another 40 000 km carry oil and related products. Moreover, ESA also reported that in Europe, almost half of all failures in high-pressure gas transmission pipelines are caused by excavations, construction work, and deep ploughing. Thus, monitoring applications in the oil and gas industry in the region is critical, and sensors enable to implement these applications.

Competitive Landscape

The Sensors in Oil and Gas market is fragmented and competitive in nature. The deployment of sensors at different oil and gas industry activities such as upstream, midstream, and downstream is growing at an organizational level. This creates a competitive environment among the players. Some of the players are Honeywell International Inc., Siemens AG, ABB Ltd, among others. Some of the recent developments in this market are:
  • March 2020 - TE Connectivity Ltd. announced to acquire majority of shares (71.87%) in First Sensor. With this acquisition, the company has planned to expand its product offerings, including innovative, market-leading sensors, connectors and systems.
  • September 2019 - Measurement Specialties Inc., a subsidiary of TE Connectivity Ltd. completed the acquisition of Silicon Microstructures Inc. from Elmos Semiconductor AG. SMI’s micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) sensor technology design and manufacturing capabilities, with TE’s operational scale, customer base and existing sensors technologies leads to a more comprehensive global sensing solutions offering for customers. SMI expands TE’s global leadership in pressure sensing technology, particularly in medical, transportation, and industrial applications.

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Table of Contents

1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition
1.2 Scope of the Study
4.1 Market Overview
4.2 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis
4.2.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.2.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers
4.2.3 Threat of New Entrants
4.2.4 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
4.2.5 Threat of Substitute Products
5.1 Market Drivers
5.1.1 Rising Demand for Safety Systems in the Oil and Gas Industry
5.1.2 Increasing Need for a Simplified Network Architecture in the Wireless Sensor Segment
5.2 Market Restraints
5.2.1 Rigid Regulations Imposed on Oil and Gas Drilling Activities
5.3 Assessment of Impact of COVID-19 on the Industry
6.1 Sensor Type
6.1.1 Gas Sensor
6.1.2 Temperature Sensor
6.1.3 Ultrasonic Sensor
6.1.4 Pressure Sensor
6.1.5 Flow Sensor
6.1.6 Level Sensor
6.1.7 Others
6.2 Connectivity
6.2.1 Wired
6.2.2 Wireless
6.3 Activity
6.3.1 Upstream
6.3.2 Midstream
6.3.3 Downstream
6.4 Geography
6.4.1 North America United States Canada
6.4.2 Europe United Kingdom Germany Russia Rest of Europe
6.4.3 Asia Pacific China India Indonesia Rest of Asia Pacific
6.4.4 Latin America Mexico Brazil Argentina Rest of Latin America
6.4.5 Middle East and Africa United Arab Emirates Saudi Arabia South Africa Rest of Middle East and Africa
7.1 Company Profiles
7.1.1 Honeywell International Inc.
7.1.2 TE Connectivity Ltd
7.1.3 Robert Bosch GmbH
7.1.4 ABB Ltd
7.1.5 Siemens AG
7.1.6 Rockwell Automation Inc.
7.1.7 Analog Devices Inc.
7.1.8 Emerson Electric Company
7.1.9 GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies GmbH
7.1.10 SKF AB



Companies Mentioned

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • Honeywell International Inc.
  • TE Connectivity Ltd
  • Robert Bosch GmbH
  • ABB Ltd
  • Siemens AG
  • Rockwell Automation Inc.
  • Analog Devices Inc.
  • Emerson Electric Company
  • GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies GmbH
  • SKF AB