GVR Report cover Offshore Pipeline Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Offshore Pipeline Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Diameter, By Product, By Line Type, By Installation Type, By Depth, By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2023 - 2030

  • Report ID: GVR-4-68040-150-8
  • Number of Pages: 120
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)

Offshore Pipeline Market Size & Trends

The global offshore pipeline market size was estimated at USD 13.97 billion in 2022 and is anticipated to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.2% from 2023 to 2030. The rising global demand for energy, particularly oil and natural gas, is poised to highlight the necessity for offshore pipelines, as they are vital in transporting such resources from offshore fields to onshore processing facilities, ensuring a stable supply of energy. As per the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), dry natural gas production from shale formations in the country reached approximately 28.5 trillion cubic feet in 2022, accounting for around 80% of the overall dry natural gas production in the U.S. for that year. The U.S. shale gas revolution has significantly boosted natural gas production. Offshore pipelines are vital to transport shale gas from offshore fields to processing facilities and consumers, thus driving market growth.

U.S. Offshore Pipeline market size and growth rate, 2023 - 2030

The availability of efficient offshore pipelines enables energy companies to exploit offshore shale gas reserves economically. It ensures a smooth and reliable flow of natural gas to consumers from its source, enabling further exploration and production activities. Moreover, the reliability & efficiency of offshore pipelines makes natural gas an attractive and feasible energy source for industries as well as households, further boosting the demand for the product.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the country is the leading natural gas producer in the world. Natural gas accounts for around 33.33% of the primary energy consumption in the U.S. and is mainly utilized for heating and electricity generation purposes. Thus, the rising global demand for natural gas has led to its liquefaction and conversion to LNG for international markets. Offshore pipelines function as the backbone of the U.S. LNG export sector, facilitating the transportation of liquefied natural gas from production sites to export terminals. The positive outlook of the U.S. LNG export space is expected to drive the demand for offshore pipelines during the projection period.

On the other hand, offshore pipeline projects require extensive capital investment due to the complexities involved in underwater construction, safety measures, material costs, and strict compliance with environmental regulations. Moreover, securing adequate funding for such large-scale projects has become challenging, especially during economic downturns, which is expected to hinder market growth in the coming years.

Diameter Insights

Based on diameter, the market is bifurcated into greater than 24 inches and below 24 inches segments. Greater than 24 inches diameter segment accounted for the largest revenue share of 76.2 % in 2022. These pipes allow the efficient transportation of a high volume of oil and natural gas. Moreover, it experiences less friction loss, enabling resources to be transported over longer distances without a significant pressure drop.

Global Offshore Pipeline market share and size, 2022

Below 24 inches are suitable for transporting moderate volumes of oil and gas, making them an economical choice for offshore projects. Besides, these pipes are easier to handle and install, allowing for quicker deployment and commissioning of offshore pipelines.

Regional Insights

North America accounted for the largest revenue share of over 45.0% in 2022 due to the presence of vast offshore energy resources, including significant oil and gas reserves in the Gulf of Mexico. Abundant availability of these resources creates a strong demand for offshore pipelines to transport oil and natural gas to processing facilities and markets, thus driving market growth.

Offshore Pipeline Market Trends, by Region, 2023 - 2030

Asia Pacific is experiencing steady growth in the forthcoming years owing to strategic geographical locations, LNG imports, and growing industrialization. Asia Pacific has a large and growing population, leading to an increase in the demand for energy resources. Offshore pipelines are vital for meeting the rising energy needs of densely populated coastal regions and, thus are expected to stimulate the product demand over the forecast period.

Product Insights

Based on product, offshore pipeline market is segmented into oil, gas, and refined products. Growing global demand for energy, particularly oil, is expected to fuel the need for offshore pipelines to transport crude oil and refined petroleum products from offshore fields to onshore processing facilities and end-users. Discoveries of substantial natural gas reserves in offshore fields, including shale gas, contribute to the growth of offshore gas pipeline projects. The availability of these reserves drives investments in the exploration and development of offshore gas fields, thus driving market growth.

Line Type Insights

Based on line type, the global market is segmented into transport lines, export lines, and other lines. Transport lines serve as a bridge between offshore drilling platforms or production facilities and onshore processing plants or refineries. They ensure a seamless flow of extracted resources from the ocean floor to land-based facilities. Exports lines play a pivotal role in facilitating the global trade of energy products, ensuring a seamless flow of resources from offshore sources to consumers across different countries and regions.

Installation Type Insights

Based on installation type, the market for offshore pipelines is divided into S-lay, J-lay, and Tow-in. S-lay method is used for shallow to medium water depths and is particularly suitable for areas with favorable sea conditions. Moreover, S-lay installations, being relatively straightforward, contribute to shorter project timelines.

J-lay installation technique involves the use of a specialized vessel equipped with a J-shaped pipe-laying system, enabling the installation of pipelines in deep waters. It is mainly employed for projects involving complex subsea configurations, such as pipelines connecting multiple wells or subsea structures.

Tow-in installation method is a cost-effective method, especially for medium to long-distance pipelines. It eliminates the need for expensive offshore construction vessels, as the pipelines are assembled onshore and then towed to the installation location.

Depth Insights

Based on depth, the market is segmented into shallow water and deepwater. Shallow water pipelines are relatively easier and less expensive to install compared to pipelines in deeper waters. In addition, they allow for simpler construction methods and equipment, reducing installation complexities. Deepwater pipelines span long distances from offshore drilling platforms to onshore facilities. Moreover, it involves substantial costs due to the technical challenges and requirement of specialized equipment.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

Major players are undertaking different strategies such as product launches, mergers, joint ventures, acquisitions, and geographical expansions. For instance, in March 2023, Romania's gas pipeline operator, Transgaz, intends to construct a USD 530 million pipeline connecting the Neptun Deep block in the Black Sea to the national grid. OMV Petrom, majority controlled by Romgaz and Austria's OMV, is set to make the final investment decision on the USD 4 billion Neptun Deep block by mid-2023. The Neptun Deep block is anticipated to produce a minimum of six billion cubic meters of gas annually and will be integral to the 308.3km gas pipeline, a component of the 'Gas transmission pipeline Black Sea – Podisor' project.

Key Offshore Pipeline Companies:

  • McDermott International Ltd.
  • Allseas
  • China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering Co., Ltd.
  • TechnipFMC plc
  • Petrofac Limited
  • Penspen
  • Sapura Energy Berhad
  • Furgo

Offshore Pipeline Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2023

USD 14.63 billion

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 19.51 billion

Growth rate

CAGR of 4.2 % from 2023 to 2030

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2018 - 2021

Forecast period

2023 - 2030

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million/billion, and CAGR from 2023 to 2030

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Diameter, product, line type, installation type, depth, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Rest of the World (Latin America, Middle East & Africa)

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; Germany; UK; France; Italy; Spain; China; India; Japan; South Korea; South-east Asia

Key companies profiled

SAIPEM SpA; LARSEN & TOUBRO LIMITED; McDermott International Ltd.; Allseas; China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering Co., Ltd.; TechnipFMC plc; SUBSEA7; Petrofac Limited; Penspen; Sapura Energy Berhad; Furgo

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Global Offshore Pipeline Market Report Segmentation

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2018 to 2030. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global offshore pipeline market report based on diameter, product, line type, installation type, depth, and region:

  • Diameter Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Below 24 Inches

    • Greater Than 24 Inches

  • Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Oil

    • Gas

    • Refined Products

  • Line Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Transport Lines

    • Export Lines

    • Other Lines

  • Installation Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • S-lay

    • J-lay

    • Tow-in

  • Depth Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Shallow Water

    • Deepwater

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • UK

      • France

      • Italy

      • Spain

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

      • South Korea

      • South-east Asia

    • Rest of the World

      • Latin America

      • Middle East & Africa

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