North America to contribute 51% of global new-build crude oil trunk/transmission pipeline length additions by 2023

Source: press release, 9 January 2020

New-build crude oil trunk/transmission pipeline length additions (km) by region, 2019-2023 (source: GlobalData Oil & Gas Intelligence Center)
New-build crude oil trunk/transmission pipeline length additions (km) by region, 2019-2023 (source: GlobalData Oil & Gas Intelligence Center)

North America is set to drive the global new-build crude oil trunk/transmission pipeline length additions, contributing around 51% of the global planned and announced crude oil pipeline length additions between 2019 and 2023, says GlobalData, a data, and analytics company.

The company’s report, “Global Crude Oil Pipelines Industry Outlook to 2023 – Capacity and Capital Expenditure Outlook with Details of All Operating and Planned Crude Oil Pipelines”, reveals that North America is likely to have a new-build crude oil pipeline length of 14,344 km by 2023.

Varun Ette, Oil and Gas Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “By 2023, 29 new-build crude oil pipelines are expected to start operations in North America, of which 16 are planned projects (with a total length of 7,148.9 km), and 13 are in early-stage announcement (with a total length of 7,195 km). The Liberty Oil Project is the longest upcoming announced pipeline in the region with a length of 2,172.2 km.”

GlobalData identifies that Asia will be contributing around 16% of global new-build crude oil pipeline length additions during the 2019-2023 period. In Asia, six new-build crude oil pipelines are expected to commence operations by 2023, of which two are planned pipelines, and four are early-stage announced projects. Gwadar-Kashgar is the longest upcoming announced crude oil pipeline in the region with a length of 2,414 km.

Ette concludes, “The Middle East is the third-highest contributor to the global new-build planned and announced crude oil pipeline length additions by 2023 with a total length of 4,054.8 km. Basra-Aqaba Oil is the longest upcoming crude oil pipeline in the region with a length of 1,700 km.”