The global is considerably consolidated as the top five players, namely NuStar Energy L.P., Buckeye Partners L.P., Oiltanking GmbH, Kinder Morgan Inc., and Royal Vopak N.V. held over 67% of global market in 2014. Transparency Market Research (TMR) has estimated that the degree of competition will escalate due to increasing investments by some of the key market players. The threat from new entrants is expected to remain moderate in the coming years.
To gain a stronger foothold, various companies are undertaking strategic collaborations and are involving in joint ventures, acquisitions, mergers, partnerships, and are searching for strategic alliances. These strategies are allowing the players to expand their crude oil storage infrastructure and terminal networks, and raise funds for the development of storage facilities and to build new pipelines. For instance, Kinder Morgan, an energy infrastructure company in North America acquired Hiland Partners for US$3 bn in February 2015, to enhance storage and terminal infrastructure across North America.
In the report, Transparency Market Research has estimated that in 2014 the market stood at 1,337 million cubic meter based on volume, which is expected to reach the value of 2,027 million cubic meter by end of 2024, expanding at a steady CAGR of 4.73%.
Geographically, the Middle East and Africa holds a dominating position in the global market owing to the contribution of countries such as Nigeria, Qatar, Oman, UAE, Iran, and Saudi Arabia. This region is expected to grow with a healthy CAGR of 7.91% between 2014 and 2024.
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