The hydrate inhibitors are thermodynamic inhibitors that prevent blockages and flow assurances in oil and gas pipelines by avoiding gas hydrates formation at low temperatures and high pressures. Hydrate inhibitors are chemicals added to prevent gas hydrates from blocking pipelines and forming during production, processing, transmission and storage of hydrocarbons under specific pressure-temperature conditions. They act by inhibiting nucleation, reducing crystal size or slowing crystal growth rate. Some of the commonly used hydrate inhibitors include Methanol, Polyvinylcaprolactam (PVC), Polyethylene Glycol (PEG), and many others.
The global hydrate inhibitors market is estimated to be valued at US$ 275.34 mn in 2023 and is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 5.5% over the forecast period 2023 to 2031, as highlighted in a new report published by Coherent Market Insights.
The growing demand from oil and gas industry is expected to bolster growth of the hydrate inhibitors market over the forecast period. Hydrate inhibitors find extensive applications in oil and gas pipelines to avoid blockages caused due to gas hydrates formation. With rising energy demand worldwide, focus on exploration and production of oil and gas reserves has increased significantly. For instances, according to International Energy Agency, global energy demand is estimated to rise by around 50% by 2050, mainly driven by developing Asian countries. Furthermore, rise in deepwater and Arctic exploration activities has also augmented the demand for low dosage and environment-friendly hydrate inhibitors to control gas hydrate formation under harsh conditions.
The other major driver for the market growth is increasing production of shale gas. Shale gas reservoirs are known to have higher hydrate formation tendencies owing to their high gas content and complex pore structure in shale rocks. Thus, use of hydrate inhibitors is vital during production and transportation of shale gas to end-use industries. Rising shale gas production has significantly boosted consumption of customized hydrate inhibitors. For instance, recoverable shale gas reserves in US have risen significantly in past few years and accounted for over 60% of country’s natural gas production in 2020 according to EIA.
The Global Hydrate Inhibitors Market Size is dominanted by gas hydrate inhibitors segment, which holds around 65% share of the total market. Gas hydrate inhibitors are commonly used to prevent blockages from methane hydrates in oil and gas pipelines. They are widely utilized in offshore oil and gas production facilities located in colder regions where there are chances of hydrate formation.
Political: The government regulations regarding safety and pollution control in oil & gas industry promote the use of hydrate inhibitors. Many countries provide tax benefits to encourage investments in offshore oil & gas exploration, which drives the demand for these chemicals.
Economic: Volatility in oil prices impact the capital expenditures of major players in the industry. However, rising energy demand from developing nations is a key factor boosting investments in offshore production facilities, thus benefiting the hydrate inhibitors market.
Social: Safety of offshore workers is a major concern for oil companies. Hydrate inhibitors help prevent pipeline blockages and ensure smooth flow of hydrocarbons, reducing accident risks. They also help minimize environmental damage from spills.
Technological: Advances in subsea production systems have allowed exploration of reserves in deeper waters and in colder regions susceptible to hydrate formation. Development of more effective inhibitors formulated for diverse field conditions has also augmented the market.
The global hydrate inhibitors market is expected to witness high growth over the forecast period of 2023 to 2031 supported by increasing offshore oil & gas production in colder regions. The global hydrate inhibitors market is estimated to be valued at US$ 275.34 mn in 2023 and is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 5.5% over the forecast period 2023 to 2031.
The Asia Pacific region accounts for around 35% of the global hydrate inhibitors market led by India and China. India has announced efforts to explore hydrocarbon reserves in the Bay of Bengal which will require deployment of hydrate inhibitors. China too has intensified offshore exploration and production activities in South China Sea over the last few years.
Key players operating in the hydrate inhibitors market are BP Plc, Chevron Corporation, Essar Oil Ltd., ExxonMobil Corporation, HPCL – Mittal Energy Limited, Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Reliance Industries Limited, Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Saudi Arabian Oil Co., and Valero Energy Corporation. BP and Shell dominate the market with their extensive portfolio of gas hydrate inhibitors formulations customized for diverse field conditions.
1. Source: Coherent Market Insights, Public sources, Desk research
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