The market for pipeline services in Mexico is expected to register a CAGR of over 2.34% during the forecast period of 2020–2025. Factors, such as increasing natural gas imports from the United States through cross-border pipelines, aging midstream pipeline infrastructure, and plans to improve natural gas accessibility across the country, are expected to boost the demand for the Mexican pipeline services market, during the forecast period. However, increasing crude oil theft from national oil and gas pipelines, disappointing results from the private oil and gas companies, and Pemex is the most indebted oil company, across the world (over USD 100 billion of debt). This, in turn, hindered the growth of the oil and gas pipeline services market in the country.
- The opening of the upstream oil and gas market is expected to provide opportunities to sell technology and services to private companies or for joint ventures and partnerships between the US companies and Pemex.
- The pre-commission and commissioning services accounted for the largest share in the Mexico pipeline services market in 2018 owing to the increasing demand for natural gas along with a number of upcoming pipeline projects in the country.
- Additionally, the declining production of oil and gas in the country is expected to restraint the growth of the market studied.
Key Market Trends
Increasing Natural Gas Pipeline Imports from the United States
- In 2018, 94% of Mexico’s natural gas imports came from the United States, the highest percentage dependency in the world from one country. Some of the reasons for higher dependency on natural gas from the United States is the increasing financial problems in Pemex and the fact that producing natural gas in Mexico is more expensive than importing it from the United States.
- In 2018, the imports of natural gas through a pipeline from the United States accounted for 1,688.09 million cubic feet (MCF), up from the previous year’s record of 1,529.71 MCF. The imports increased by 156% in 2018, as compared to 2013.
- Several key pipelines in Mexico were placed in service earlier in 2018. La Laguna-Aguascalientes (1.2 Bcf/d) and Villa de Reyes-Aguascalientes-Guadalajara (0.9 Bcf/d) began commercial operations in November 2018 after the interconnect at El Encino-La Laguna was completed in October.
- Hence, with rising pipeline activity across the two states, the service industry for the same is also expected to witness a huge surge during the forecast period.
Pre-Commissioning and Commissioning Services to Dominate the Market
- Pre-commissioning and commissioning services dominated the market share, in 2018, and is expected to continue its dominance in the coming years as well.
- Several key pipelines in Mexico were placed in service earlier in 2017-18, which has been strengthening the confidence for players involved in pre-commissioning and commissioning of pipelines. However, a significant setback for the market was the long-delayed pipeline projects that crossed their expected commissioning date.
- La Laguna-Aguascalientes (1.2 Bcf/d) and Villa de Reyes-Aguascalientes-Guadalajara (0.9 Bcf/d), which were scheduled to begin commercial operations in November 2018, are now likely to come online by late this year or early next year. The project witnessed delays due to the month-long conflict between the operator and the government. However, in September 2019, Mexico’s President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, announced that a deal had been finalized between both parties, ending the conflict and saving USD 672 million for the state utility. Therefore, with the ending of pipeline projects conflict including five more pipelines are expected to boost the demand for pre-commissioning and commissioning services market in the country during the forecast period.
The Mexican pipeline services market is partially fragmented. The major companies include MasTec Inc., SGS SA, OCA Global, Intertek Group PLC, and Fluor Corporation.
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