This report studies the spoolable pipe market over the trend period of 2012 to 2017 and the forecast period of 2018 to 2023. The report provides detailed insights into the market dynamics to enable informed business decision making and growth strategy formulation based on the opportunities present in the market.
The Global Spoolable Pipe Market: Highlights
The global spoolable pipe market offers a healthy growth opportunity for the entire ecosystem and is projected to reach US$ 1,065.8 million in 2023. The market includes both spoolable composite pipe (SCP) and reinforced thermoplastic pipe (RTP). Despite the short-term fluctuations in the demand for spoolable pipes driven by decreasing rigs or wells count, the long-term business outlook seems promising with good growth potential over the next five years.
An expected recovery in the rigs or wells count, cost competitiveness of spoolable pipes over steel pipes; excellent corrosion and erosion resistance; and higher preference of spoolable pipe over steel ones in small diameter pipes are the major factors that are proliferating the growth of the market.
Over 90% of the failures in pipes in the high-pressure applications are related to 6-inch diameter or smaller pipes. Most of the failures are due to the internal and external corrosion. Spoolable pipes offer excellent corrosion and erosion resistance properties, high fatigue resistance, reduced maintenance cost, faster commissioning, and improved flow rates.
Spoolable pipes are used in the high-pressure applications in onshore, offshore, and downhole. They have gained a significant acceptance over a period of time and have been replacing steel pipes in the high-pressure applications. Spoolable pipes can be made up to the length of 600 meters to 3,000 meters with fewer joints in between.
Spoolable pipes are mainly composed of three materials. The first material is HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene) which is used in the inner layer of the pipe. It has good erosion and corrosion resistance, impact resistance, and has a successful track record in the low-pressure oil & gas applications. The second material is used as reinforcement, which allows the pipe to handle higher pressure.
Steel bands or cords, braided polyester, glass fiber, aramid fiber, and carbon fiber can be used as the reinforcement material depending on the manufacturers. The third and final material is extruded HDPE that is used in the outer layer of the pipe with the purpose of providing protection to the pipe during the installation.
The market is segmented based on the reinforcement type as Fiber Reinforcement and Steel Reinforcement. The fiber reinforcement segment is further divided into glass fiber reinforcement, carbon fiber reinforcement, and others. Others mainly include aramid and polyester reinforcements. Fiber-reinforced spoolable pipe is likely to gain more market traction in the coming years and it will continue to replace steel pipes in high-pressure applications.
Based on the application type, onshore is expected to remain the growth engine of the market during the forecast period. All the major onshore applications, such as production and gathering lines and injection lines, are likely to generate a healthy demand for spoolable pipes over the next five years.
Based on the diameter type, small diameter pipe is projected to remain the largest segment of spoolable pipes during the forecast period. All the major players are primarily supplying small-diameter pipes targeting all the major applications. Large-diameter pipe is also likely to exhibit a healthy growth in the same period.
Based on regions, North America is expected to remain the growth engine of the market during the forecast period. The region is likely to witness the highest growth in the same period, driven by early sign of the recovery of wells or rigs count and increasing penetration of spoolable pipes. All the leading spoolable pipe makers, such as National Oilwell Varco Inc. (Fiberspar), Shawcor Limited (Flexpipe), and Flexsteel Pipeline Technologies, Inc., are headquartered in North America.
The supply chain of this market comprises raw material manufacturers, spoolable pipe manufacturers, distributors, drilling contractors, EPC contractors, and operators (oil & gas companies). The key EPC contractors are Fluor Corporation, Bechtel, McDermott, and CB&I and the key oil & gas companies are Shell, ExxonMobil, Chevron, and ConocoPhillips.
The key spoolable pipe manufacturers are National Oilwell Varco Inc., Shawcor Limited; Pipelife International; Flexsteel Pipeline Technologies, Inc.; Polyflow, LLC; Aerosun Corporation; Hebei Heng An Tai Pipeline Co., Ltd.; Changchun Gao Xiang Special Pipe Co., LTD.; Magma Global Ltd.; Airborne Oil & Gas BV; and Cosmoplast Industrial Company LLC. Regional expansion, new product development, and collaboration with customers are the key strategies adopted by the major players to gain a competitive edge in the market.
This report offers high-quality insights and is the outcome of detailed research methodology comprising extensive secondary research, rigorous primary interviews with industry stakeholders and validation and triangulation with the publisher's internal database and statistical tools. More than 1,000 authenticated secondary sources, such as company annual reports, fact books, press releases, journals, investor presentations, white papers, patents, and articles, have been leveraged to gather the data. About 10 detailed primary interviews with the market players across the value chain in all four regions and industry experts have been executed to obtain both the qualitative and quantitative insights.
This report provides market intelligence in the most comprehensive way. The report structure has been kept such that it offers maximum business value. It provides critical insights into the market dynamics and will enable strategic decision making for the existing market players as well as those willing to enter the market.
The following are the key features of the report:
- Market structure: Overview, industry life cycle analysis, supply chain analysis
- Market environment analysis: Growth drivers and constraints, Porter’s five forces analysis, SWOT analysis
- Market trend and forecast analysis
- Market segment trend and forecast
- Competitive landscape and dynamics: Market share, product portfolio, product launches, etc.
- Attractive market segments and associated growth opportunities
- Emerging trends
- Strategic growth opportunities for the existing and new players
- Key success factors
The global spoolable pipe market is segmented into the following categories:
Spoolable Pipe Market by Reinforcement Type:
- Fiber Reinforcement
- Glass Reinforcement
- Carbon Reinforcement
- Other Reinforcements
- Steel Reinforcement
Spoolable Pipe Market by Product Type:
- Spoolable Composite Pipe
- Reinforced Thermoplastic Pipe
Spoolable Pipe Market by Application Type:
- Onshore Applications
- Production and Gathering Lines
- Injection Lines
- Disposal Lines
- Offshore Applications
Spoolable Pipe Market by Diameter Type:
- Small Diameter Pipe
- Large Diameter Pipe
Spoolable Pipe Market by User Type:
- EPC Contractors
- Drilling Contractors
Spoolable Pipe Market by Sales Channel Type:
- Direct Sales
Spoolable Pipe Market by Region:
- North America
- Rest of the World
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1. Executive Summary
2. Spoolable Pipe Market - Overview and Market Forces
2.2. Market Segmentation
2.2.1. By Reinforcement Type
2.2.2. By Application Type
2.2.3. By Product Type
2.2.4. By Diameter Type
2.2.5. By User Type
2.2.6. By Sales Channel Type
2.2.7. By Region
2.3. Market Drivers
2.4. Market Constraints
2.5. Supply Chain Analysis
2.6. Life Cycle Analysis
2.7. PEST Analysis: Impact Assessment of Changing Business Environment
2.8. Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
2.8.1. Bargaining Power of Suppliers
2.8.2. Bargaining Power of Customers
2.8.3. Threat of New Entrants
2.8.4. Threat of Substitutes
2.8.5. Competitive Rivalry
2.9. SWOT Analysis
3. Spoolable Pipe Market Analysis – By Reinforcement Type
3.1. Strategic Insights
3.2. Fiber-Reinforced Spoolable Pipe Market (US$ Million and Million feet)
3.2.1. Glass Fiber-Reinforced Spoolable Pipe Market (US$ Million and Million feet)
3.2.2. Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Spoolable Pipe Market (US$ Million and Million feet)
3.2.3. Other Fiber-Reinforced Spoolable Pipe Market (US$ Million and Million feet)
3.3. Steel-Reinforced Spoolable Pipe Market (US$ Million and Million feet)
4. Spoolable Pipe Market Analysis – By Application Type
4.1. Strategic Insights
4.2. Onshore: Spoolable Pipe Market (US$ Million and Million feet)
4.2.1. Production and Gathering Lines: Spoolable Pipe Market (US$ Million and Million feet)
4.2.2. Injection Lines: Spoolable Pipe Market (US$ Million and Million feet)
4.2.3. Disposal Lines: Spoolable Pipe Market (US$ Million and Million feet)
4.2.4. Others: Spoolable Pipe Market (US$ Million and Million feet)
4.3. Offshore: Spoolable Pipe Market (US$ Million and Million feet)
4.3.1. Flowlines: Spoolable Pipe Market (US$ Million and Million feet)
4.3.2. Jumpers: Spoolable Pipe Market (US$ Million and Million feet)
4.3.3. Others: Spoolable Pipe Market (US$ Million and Million feet)
4.4. Downhole: Spoolable Pipe Market (US$ Million and Million feet)
4.5. Water: Spoolable Pipe Market (US$ Million and Million feet)
4.6. Others: Spoolable Pipe Market (US$ Million and Million feet)
5. Spoolable Pipe Market Analysis – By Product Type
5.1. Strategic Insights
5.2. Spoolable Composite Pipe (SCP) Market (US$ Million and Million feet)
5.3. Reinforced thermoplastic Pipe (SCP) Market (US$ Million and Million feet)
6. Spoolable Pipe Market Analysis – By Diameter Type
6.1. Strategic Insights
6.2. Small Diameter: Spoolable Pipe Market (US$ Million and Million feet)
6.3. Large Diameter: Spoolable Pipe Market (US$ Million and Million feet)
7. Spoolable Pipe Market Analysis – By User Type
7.1. Strategic Insights
7.2. Operators: Spoolable Pipe Market (US$ Million and Million feet)
7.3. EPC Contractors: Spoolable Pipe Market (US$ Million and Million feet)
7.4. Drilling Contractors: Spoolable Pipe Market (US$ Million and Million feet)
7.5. Others: Spoolable Pipe Market (US$ Million and Million feet)
8. Spoolable Pipe Market Analysis – By Sales Channel Type
8.1. Strategic Insights
8.2. Direct Sales: Spoolable Pipe Market (US$ Million and Million feet)
8.3. Distributors: Spoolable Pipe Market (US$ Million and Million feet)
9. Spoolable Pipe Market Analysis – By Region
9.1. Strategic Insights
9.2. North American Spoolable Pipe Market (US$ Million and Million feet)
9.3. European Spoolable Pipe Market (US$ Million and Million feet)
9.4. Asia-Pacific’s Spoolable Pipe Market (US$ Million and Million feet)
9.5. Rest of the World’s Spoolable Pipe Market (US$ Million and Million feet)
10. Competitive Analysis
10.1. Strategic Insights
10.2. Product Portfolio Analysis
10.3. Presence by Application Type
10.4. Geographical Presence
10.5. New Product Launches
10.6. Strategic Alliances: Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, etc.
10.7. Market Share Analysis
11. Strategic Growth Opportunities
11.1. Strategic Insights
11.2. Market Attractive Analysis
11.2.1. Market Attractiveness by Reinforcement Type
11.2.2. Market Attractiveness by Application Type
11.2.3. Market Attractiveness by Product Type
11.2.4. Market Attractiveness by Diameter Type
11.2.5. Market Attractiveness by User Type
11.2.6. Market Attractiveness by Sales Channel Type
11.2.7. Market Attractiveness by Region
11.3. Emerging Trends
11.4. Growth Matrix Analysis
11.5. Key Success Factors
12. Company Profile of Key Players
12.1. Aerosun Corporation
12.2. Airborne Oil & Gas BV
12.3. Changchun Gao Xiang special pipe co., LTD.,
12.4. Flexsteel Pipeline Technologies, Inc.
12.5. Hebei Heng An Tai Pipeline Co., Ltd.
12.6. Magma Global Ltd.
12.7. National Oilwell Varco, Inc. (Fiberspar)
12.8. Pipelife International (Soluforce)
12.9. Polyflow, LLC
12.10. Shawcor Limited (Flexpipe Systems Inc.)
The publisher has conducted more than eight detailed primary interviews across the spoolable pipe market value chain to understand the market dynamics and competitive landscape of the market as well as to estimate and triangulate the market size, trends, and forecasts. The scope of the study includes spoolable composite pipe (SCP) and reinforced thermoplastic pipe (RTP).
Spoolable pipe generally consists of three layers in which the first or inner liner is usually made of High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE), which offers an excellent corrosion resistance and low friction properties. The second or middle layer is called reinforcement, usually made of fiber and steel, such as glass fiber, aramid fiber, polyester fiber, and steel wire or cords, to handle higher pressure. The third and final layer is generally made of extruded HDPE that is used as a protective outer jacket to protect the pipe during installation.
The spoolable pipe market is highly dependent on the overall performance of the oil & gas industry. The market for spoolable pipes marked a steep decline from 2014 to 2016, owing to the decline in the oil & gas prices. However, the
spoolable pipe market registered a relatively lower decline than the steel pipes during the same period because of continuous shift from steel pipes to spoolable pipes.
The following are some of the key factors that are driving the global spoolable pipe market:
- Increasing demand for oil & gas.
- An expected recovery in wells drilling.
- Low installation & maintenance cost of spoolable pipes.
- Huge ongoing & planned pipelines/high pipeline investments
- Excellent corrosion and erosion resistance of spoolable pipe
- Aging pipeline infrastructure
Most of the major players have capabilities in few reinforcement types for their spoolable pipes. Very few players,, such as Pipelife International (Soluforce) and Hebei Heng An Tai Pipeline Co., Ltd., in the market have the capabilities in three or more reinforcement types. Also, very few players, such as Pipelife International and Shawcor Ltd. (Flexpipe Linepipe), in the market have the capabilities in both fiber and steel reinforcements.
The USA is the manufacturing hub of spoolable pipes with the presence of several oil & gas operators, EPC contractors, drilling contractors, distributors, and spoolable pipe manufacturers. Out of top five players, three players (Fiberspar, Flexpipe, and FlexSteel) are headquartered in North America.
- Aerosun Corporation
- Airborne Oil & Gas BV
- Changchun Gao Xiang special pipe co., LTD.,
- Flexsteel Pipeline Technologies, Inc.
- Hebei Heng An Tai Pipeline Co., Ltd.
- Magma Global Ltd.
- National Oilwell Varco, Inc. (Fiberspar)
- Pipelife International (Soluforce)
- Polyflow, LLC
- Shawcor Limited (Flexpipe Systems Inc.)