Despite an increase in production, industry revenue has fallen in the past five years, due mostly to a steep drop in energy prices. As prices fall, industry revenue is expected to fall in 2016, compounding upon a difficult 2015. This drop is expected to lead to a drop in revenue over the five years to 2016. The industry is expected to continue expanding over the next five years, as natural gas extractors withdraw increasing quantities of natural gas. Additionally, the industry will benefit from a reblanced market, rising prices, increased export growth and a rise in the number of establishments. As the industry recovers from an abysmal 2015 and 2016, revenue is expected to grow over the five years to 2021.
This industry separates out natural gas liquids (NGLs) from natural gas. Natural gas arrives at processing facilities in a gaseous state, and processors clean the natural gas and extract liquid hydrocarbons including ethane, propane, butane, isobutane and natural gasoline. These liquids have various uses including home heating fuel, inputs in plastic products and heating or blowing fuel in industrial production. The production of NGLs from oil refining is not included in this industry.
This report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecasts, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.