Pipes and Pipeline Systems Well Connected: An Overview over Europe's Pipes and Pipeline Market

Editor: Dominik Stephan

More than 51 million tons of pipes by 2021: A new study takes a closer look at the development of the European pipes and pipelines market. Discover, which markets lead the field and which will be falling behind. But also which materials will be used for which perhaps and in which amounts. From steel to plastic, from transcontinental pipelines to small process tubes...

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Large-scale pipeline products are not only interesting for international politics, but also the industrial sector. Ceresana scrutinized the European market for pipes from top to bottom: The market research institutes expects demand for these products to rise to more than 51 million tonnes in 2021. Pipes are comparatively safe and environmentally friendly ways of transport and play an important role for supply and discharge in many sectors.

Pipelines Stimulating

In order to reduce dependence on transit countries such as Belarus and the Ukraine, the intercontinental gas pipeline "South Stream" is intended to run from Russia through the Black Sea to Austria. In Russia, construction of this pipeline longer than 1,000 kilometers has already begun; further continuation towards Western Europe is, however, still contested in Bulgaria. The "North Stream" pipeline from Russia to Germany through the Baltic Sea, skirting Poland, was in inaugurated in 2011 already. Starting from this pipeline, secondary pipelines are built towards important consumer locations, for example chemical industry parks.

Various European countries plan to build a "Trans Adriatic Pipeline" form Turkey to Italy as an alternative to the aborted "Nabucco" pipeline from Turkey to Austria. Thus, the oil and gas segment is likely to be the largest growth market for pipes.

Eastern Europe Growing

Major consumer of pipes in Europe is Russia. The construction of new pipelines in this country will continue to generate high demand in upcoming years. As a result of raw material sales, Russia is also able to invest larger sums than other European countries in the supply networks in order to connect remote areas to the potable and waste water supplies as well.

Demand for pipes in Eastern European countries will increase by about 2 % p.a. in the next eight years. The recovering construction sector in particular is providing growth impulses. Thanks to subsidies paid by Brussels, the new EU member states will invest large sums into supply networks, especially for potable and waste water.