The European outlook for the offshore pipe industry in 2014 is positive, according to a recent report conducted by Tata Steel, a supplier of innovative deep-water pipe line solutions.
The study, conducted by Europe’s second largest steel producer, points to high energy demand from Africa, Asia and BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) nations which will continue to drive offshore developments.
The study highlights the growth in deepwater developments in Africa and Europe as signs that the offshore pipe line industry is set to continue its recovery.
Richard Broughton, Commercial Manager for the pipe lines division of Tata Steel, said, “Whilst it is undeniable that the economic recovery has been sluggish and as a consequence progress in major infrastructure projects has been delayed, we are now experiencing real signs of recovery and a change in momentum, both onshore and offshore. Budgets will continue to be challenged, but the industry will continue to step up to the challenge, push the boundaries and drive innovation.”
Investment in deepwater exploration has increased significantly over the past year and is expected to continue as easy-to-reach reserves continue to be depleted.
Also emphasized is the likely growth in pipe line transportation as new sources of shale gas come on line. In particular the report highlights Russia as a region of significance for 2014.
Broughton added, “Increased investment from operators will see infrastructure requirements grow. Already we are beginning to see the signs of this offshore activity in regions like the Gulf of Mexico, where spending will represent a third of all deepwater activity globally and the Middle East, where existing brownfield infrastructure needs to be replaced and new installed. Both represent significant opportunities for the pipe line industry. Shale will also play an important role, particularly as renewable energy progress has been intermittent.”
Tata Steel is a sponsor and attending the Offshore Pipeline Technology Conference, Amsterdam on 26-27 February at the Krasnapolsky Hotel.