Shale Gas in Europe Large Shale Gas Reserves Promise Growth for the Pumps Market

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Greater political acceptance of shale gas exploration and the growing need among European countries to be self-sufficient in terms of energy is expected to result in the growth for the pumps market Frost & Sullivan said.

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Market researchers from Frost & Sullivan forecast further growth for the pump market because of shale gas reserves in Europe.
Market researchers from Frost & Sullivan forecast further growth for the pump market because of shale gas reserves in Europe.
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London/England – New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Strategic Analysis of the Pumps Market in the European Shale Gas Industry, finds that the market earned revenues of $35.3 million in 2012 and expects this to reach $47.7 million in 2017.

“Vast shale gas reserves across Europe and the economic benefits of shale gas exploration will encourage exploration,” said Frost & Sullivan Industrial Automation and Process Control Research Analyst Niranjan Paul. “However, the potential growth of pump manufacturers targeting the region’s shale gas industry will vary according to the country.”

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Environmental impact studies for every shale gas project

While the United Kingdom, Ukraine and Poland are at the forefront of shale gas production in order to meet energy requirements and reduce dependency on Russian gas imports, the industry will be affected by uncertain policies of local governments in other countries. For instance, France and the Netherlands have enforced a ban on shale gas exploration as hydraulic fracturing activities may cause earthquakes and the pollute drinking water.

Moreover, although Germany and the United Kingdom have issued permits, large-scale exploration is yet to begin since the feasibility of commercial shale gas production in Europe remains doubtful. For example, Exxon Mobil withdrew from Poland after the drilling of two gas wells failed to yield commercial opportunities. In Germany and Austria, oil and gas companies are required to conduct environmental impact studies for every shale gas project, escalating costs and significantly reducing the commercial viability of shale gas exploration.

High-pressure pumps for the shale gas industry

Nevertheless, pump vendors will continue to find growth pockets as oil and gas companies such as Royal Dutch Sell and Conoco Phillips continue exploration activities during the forecast period. Shell is likely to conduct seismic testing and drill test wells in Ukraine, while Chevron is looking to stake capital in shale gas exploration in Poland and Romania.

“In fact, proponents of the shale gas industry in Europe predict that increased exploration would be beneficial to countries affected by the slowdown, as it is expected to attract investments from major oil and gas companies, result in job creation, and provide significant tax revenue for governments,” added Paul. “To benefit form these opportunities and ensure market expansion, pump manufacturers must develop high-pressure pumps that will be suitable for applications in the shale gas industry.”

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