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Digital Transformation Market in the Oil and Gas Industry - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023-2028)

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  • 120 Pages
  • April 2023
  • Region: Global
  • Mordor Intelligence
  • ID: 5026042

Key Highlights

  • The digital transformation market in the oil and gas industry is expected to register a CAGR of 9.5% during the forecast period. Digital transformation has been one of the key trends driving the global oil and gas industry since the last decade. This transformation enables the operations to leverage advanced digital technologies such as AI, IoT, and Big Data, among others, to drive efficiencies and thereby open up new opportunities for the same, as it might involve digital twins, which evidently improves the efficiency of predictive maintenance of the critical assets and thereby restricting the exposure of hazardous task to the workers in the facilities.
  • Extended reality is the latest and emerging solution in the oil and gas industry. Companies such as Shell, ExxonMobil, and BP are among the first players to adopt immersive technologies in the field. ​
  • The offshore oil and gas business uses AI in data science to make the complex data used for oil and gas exploration and production more reachable, which lets companies discover new exploration prospects or make more use of existing infrastructures. For instance, recently, BP invested in Houston-based start-up Belmont Technology to strengthen the company's AI capabilities and develop a cloud-based geoscience platform nicknamed 'Sandy.'​
  • Among all the enabling technologies, artificial intelligence is poised to play a significant role over the forecast period. AI is also used to increase the safety of gas stations for preventive maintenance. However, there have been growing incidences of fires at gas stations. For instance, a gas station in Mccarran Airport in Las Vegas had an accidental fire in September 2021. Such events may prove deadly and destroy gas stations and the surrounding area. However, intelligent cameras based on AI can access the risk area and lessen the extent of potential damage.​
  • In November 2021, ElectrifAi announced the availability of Computer Vision (CV) and Machine Learning as a Service (MLaaS) for the oil, gas, and energy industries at ADIPEC in Abu Dhabi. With ElectrifAi's MLaaS, companies need little to no experience to realize the maximum business and operational benefits of AI and ML. MLaaS deploys quickly within any cloud environment or on the customer premise. ​
  • Additionally, adopting monitor equipment such as IoT will allow companies to further digitize the industry by automating and optimizing the processes and eliminating the risk associated, including safety and regulation issues, and remote access, by constantly monitoring the equipment.
  • Furthermore, the oil prices declining drastically over 2020, in the wake of COVID-19, and a price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia, are acting as major restraints for oil-producing companies to deploy automation. In addition, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), Texas-based Occidental Petroleum Corporation (Oxy) has made the most significant reduction in its capital expenditures for 2020 out of all global oil and gas producers in the world. COVID-19 has caused Oxy to reduce its 2020 capex by 48.1%, down to USD 2.7 billion from the USD 5.2 billion planned at the beginning of the year.​ However, the pandemic significantly highlighted the need for digitalization in the oil and gas industry. As such, companies started to plan investments in such transformations; hence, the market is expected to grow over the forecast period.

Oil & Gas Industry Digital Transformation Market Trends

Downstream Sector is Expected to Witness Major Market Share

  • Digital transformation is considered one of the core innovations in leading the downstream operations of the oil and gas industry. The companies are focusing on increasing asset utilization by enhancing the manufacturing efficiency of the plants.
  • The downstream operations of the oil and gas companies, including both petrochemicals and refining, have always adopted technology to improve their operations. These companies have developed and adopted innovative approaches that manage complex processes and interpret data to improve performance. The ongoing shift to becoming digital is expected to present even greater potential, given the strategic push by many companies to expand their downstream operations of the oil and gas value chain, especially petrochemicals.
  • The primary area of concern for the vendors is how to predict and prevent or reduce maintenance costs. The automation solutions for maintenance and turnaround planning tools use application performance management and AI-based simulation and can be easily added to an existing operational system. Moreover, the upgradation of sensor systems to enable better predictive and prescriptive maintenance can lead to long-term operational efficiencies.
  • Multiple oil and gas companies are relying on technologies such as AI, IoT, and Big Data, among others, to improve their operations. For instance, Shell's downstream commercial business, responsible for supplying oil and gas to the end consumer, uses AI technology to predict consumer demand for petroleum products, measure supply shortages, and recommend a mix of oil for a refining process.
  • Furthermore, the growing expansions in the sector are also set to boost the market growth rate during the forecast period. For instance, in May 2022, as it extended its downstream presence in Asia, the Saudi Arabian Oil Company ('Aramco') announced a collaboration with Thailand's government oil company PTT. The organizations aim to improve their partnership in procuring crude oil, marketing refining, petrochemical products, and liquefied natural gas (LNG). Blue and green hydrogen, and numerous clean energy programs, are other possible areas of engagement.
  • In addition, global demand for crude oil in 2020 decreased to 91 million barrels per day. The decrease in 2020 was due to the economic and mobility impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, including widespread shutdowns worldwide. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), Crude oil production is forecasted at 101.2 million barrels per day in 2023. The growing crude oil production is also expected to drive market growth further.

Asia-Pacific to account for a significant share

  • The region holds a significant market share in the oil and gas industry. In addition, according to IBEF, India is expected to be one of the most important contributors to non-OECD petroleum consumption growth globally. India's consumption of petrol products stood at 204.23 MMT in FY22. High-Speed Diesel was India's most consumed oil product and accounted for 38.84% of petroleum product consumption in FY22.
  • Furthermore, in January 2022, Indian Oil Corp. Ltd (IOCL) announced plans to expand its city gas distribution (CGD) business, looking to invest INR 7,000 crores (USD 918.6 million).
  • Countries such as China, India, Japan, and South Korea have one of the most active oil and downstream gas sector in the region, which together is responsible for over 78% of the oil refining capacity, with significant refineries deeply integrated with petrochemical production units, in the Asian-Pacific region. Furthermore, according to IBEF, India aims to commercialize 50% of its SPR (strategic petroleum reserves) to raise funds and build additional storage tanks to offset high oil prices.
  • Additionally, countries like Singapore are gaining over 10% refinery throughput in a year. This provides the scope for expansion in current refineries, and possibly new projects are expected to drive the demand for digital transformation.
  • Given the long lead times and the massive capital outlay involved in oil and gas production, significant players in the industry are looking to gain a competitive edge through transformational technology such as AI. For instance, Woodside, the most significant Australian natural gas producer, deployed IBM Watson to run AI algorithms operations and search over 25 million documents, retrieve content, benchmark against historical performance, and suggest related information to anyone in the business.
  • Furthermore, PetroChina, Asia's leading, announced that its Daqing oilfield, which is aimed to achieve 50 million tons of stable production in 20 years, will leverage digital transformation by enabling technologies such as cloud computing, big data, and IoT, among others.
  • However, the oil and gas sector significantly recovered in 2021, boosting the industry to the pre-COVID-19 level. In India, the oil demand is expected to rise 50% by 2030 as against a global expansion of 7%, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has forecast in its latest report in October 2021. Thus, the growth in the sector is expected to drive the market studied.​

Oil & Gas Industry Digital Transformation Market Competitor Analysis

The global digital transformation market in the oil and gas industry is highly competitive and consists of several major players. The players with a prominent share in the market are focusing on expanding their customer base across foreign countries. These companies leverage strategic collaborative initiatives and acquisitions to increase their market share and profitability.
  • October 2021 - Emerson entered into a definitive agreement with Aspen Technology, Inc. to combine two of Emerson's stand-alone industrial software businesses, Open Systems International, Inc. and the geological simulation software business, along with a contribution of USD 6 billion in cash to AspenTech shareholders, to create 'new AspenTech,' which is a diversified, high-performance industrial software segment with more excellent capabilities, scale, and technologies.
  • May 2021 - Emerson Electric Co. upgraded automation technology to improve the reliability of the Malampaya natural gas production and processing facilities operated by Shell Philippines Exploration, and finishing the work ahead of schedule helped the company restore the supply of gas as planned; therefore, the Philippines would benefit from the continued use of cleaner-burning natural gas to power its economy.

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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 Buyers
4.2.3 Threat of New Entrants
4.2.4 Threat of Substitutes
4.2.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis
4.4 Assessment of Impact of COVID-19 on the Market
5.1 Market Drivers
5.1.1 Increasing Need to Implement Disruptive Technologies to Optimize Operations & Increase Safety
5.1.2 Regulatory Requirements
5.2 Market Challenges
5.2.1 Volatile Oil Price Situation
5.2.2 Stagnant Industrial Growth in Developed Countries
6.1 By Enabling Technologies
6.1.1 Big Data/Analytics and Cloud Computing
6.1.2 Internet of Things (IoT)
6.1.3 Artificial Intelligence
6.1.4 Industrial Control Systems (PLC, SCADA, HMI, DCS etc.)
6.1.5 Extended Reality (AR, VR and MR)
6.1.6 Field Devices (Sensors, Motors, VFD etc.)
6.2 By Oil and Gas Industry Activity
6.2.1 Upstream
6.2.2 Mid Stream
6.2.3 Downstream
6.3 By Geography
6.3.1 North America United States Canada
6.3.2 Europe Germany United Kingdom France Rest of Europe
6.3.3 Asia-Pacific China Japan India Rest of the Asia-Pacific
6.3.4 Latin America Brazil Argentina Rest of Latin America
6.3.5 Middle East and Africa United Arab Emirates Saudi Arabia Rest of Middle East and Africa
7.1 Company Profiles
7.1.1 Schneider Electric SE
7.1.2 Rockwell Automation Inc.
7.1.3 Honeywell International Inc.
7.1.4 Siemens AG
7.1.5 IBM Corporation
7.1.6 Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
7.1.7 Omron Corporation
7.1.8 Yokogawa Electric Corporation
7.1.9 Fanuc Corporation
7.1.10 Emerson Electric Co.
7.1.11 WFS Technologies Ltd
7.1.12 Magseis Fairfield ASA
7.1.13 Rohrback Cosasco Systems Inc.
7.1.14 ABB Ltd

Companies Mentioned (Partial List)

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes, but is not limited to:

  • Schneider Electric SE
  • Rockwell Automation Inc.
  • Honeywell International Inc.
  • Siemens AG
  • IBM Corporation
  • Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
  • Omron Corporation
  • Yokogawa Electric Corporation
  • Fanuc Corporation
  • Emerson Electric Co.
  • WFS Technologies Ltd
  • Magseis Fairfield ASA
  • Rohrback Cosasco Systems Inc.
  • ABB Ltd