Power Generation in the Oil & Gas Industry

Distributed Prime Movers for Onsite Generation in Upstream Oil & Gas:
Diesel, Dual-Fuel, and Natural Gas Gensets, Turbines, and Microturbines

Power generation in upstream oil & gas (O&G), traditionally led by diesel gensets, is transitioning to new energy sources. While the arguments for diesel—including broad fuel availability and ease of transport and storage—have not changed, technological advances, regulations, and macroeconomics are expanding the options available to exploration and production (E&P) companies. At the same time, a variety of new business models are emerging that cut costs, boost efficiency, or otherwise improve operations in this energy-intensive industry.

As O&G prices rebound from recent lows, investment in upstream power generation is expected to recover as well. Natural gas gensets are forecast to capture more market share from diesel as O&G producers utilize more wellhead gas for power generation. As fast-producing shale oil wells shorten project timelines, rentals of power generation equipment are expected to grow. Meanwhile, as battery storage declines in price, electricity producers will incorporate them into a growing share of sites to optimize power production and expand the capabilities of remote microgrids. According to Navigant Research, global capacity additions from power generation prime mover equipment are expected to grow from 3.9 GW in 2017 to 5.6 GW by 2026.

This Navigant Research report analyzes the global market for power generation in upstream O&G applications, including onshore and offshore, exploration, and production. The study provides an analysis of key market developments and covers diesel, dual-fuel, and natural gas gensets, turbines, and microturbines. Global market forecasts for capacity and revenue, segmented by generation technology and region, extend through 2026. The report also examines the key technologies available for power generation in upstream O&G, as well as the competitive landscape.

Key Questions Addressed:
  • Which power generation prime movers will capture the most market share in the upstream oil & gas (O&G) industry?
  • Which O&G producing regions will require the most power generation equipment in the coming 10 years?
  • How is natural gas being used for power generation in the upstream O&G industry?
  • How are microgrid-related technologies affecting the upstream O&G industry?
  • Which companies are the most significant players in power generation in the upstream O&G industry?
Who needs this report?
  • Genset manufacturers
  • Turbine manufacturers
  • Microturbine manufacturers
  • Power generation rental companies
  • Microgrid developers
  • Government agencies
  • Investor community

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

1.1   Introduction

1.2    Market Drivers

1.3    Market Developments

1.4    Market Forecast

2. Market Issues

2.1    Market Drivers

2.2    Market Barriers

2.3    Power Demands in O&G

2.4    The Changing Sources of Power in O&G

2.4.1   Electric Grid Power

2.4.2   Diesel

2.4.3   Natural Gas

2.5    Power Generation Technologies in O&G

2.6    Fracking, Equipment Rentals, and Power Generation Ownership

3. Key Industry Players

3.1    Competitive Environment

3.1.1   Caterpillar

3.1.2   Cummins

3.1.3   Generac

3.1.4   Kohler Co

3.1.5   GE Power

3.1.6   MTU Onsite Energy

3.1.7   Siemens

3.1.8   Wärtsilä

4. Market Forecasts

4.1    Market Forecast Overview

4.2    Forecasts by Generation Technology

4.2.1   Diesel Gensets

4.2.2   Dual-Fuel Gensets

4.2.3   Natural Gas Gensets

4.2.4   Turbines

4.2.5   Microturbines

4.3    Segmented Forecast by Generation Technology

4.4    Conclusions and Recommendations

5. Acronym and Abbreviation List
6. Table of Contents
7. Table of Charts and Figures
8. Scope of Study, Sources and Methodology, Notes

List of Charts and Figures

  • Power Generation Prime Mover Equipment Capacity and Revenue for Upstream Oil & Gas by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Spot Price of Gas and Crude Oil by Market, World Markets: 2004-2016
  • Diesel Genset Capacity and Revenue for Upstream Oil & Gas by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Dual-Fuel Genset Capacity and Revenue for Upstream Oil & Gas by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Natural Gas Genset Capacity and Revenue for Upstream Oil & Gas by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Turbine Capacity and Revenue for Upstream Oil & Gas by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Microturbine Capacity and Revenue for Upstream Oil & Gas by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Power Generation Prime Mover Capacity for Upstream Oil & Gas by Generation Technology, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Energy Consumption per Unit Hydrocarbon Production, Select Regions: 2013-2015

List of Tables

  • Spot Price of Gas and Crude Oil by Market, World Markets: 2004-2016
  • Annual Capacity of Power Generation Prime Movers for Upstream Oil & Gas by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Annual Revenue of Power Generation Prime Movers for Upstream Oil & Gas by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Annual Diesel Genset Capacity for Upstream Oil & Gas by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Annual Dual-Fuel Genset Capacity for Upstream Oil & Gas by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Annual Natural Gas Genset Capacity for Upstream Oil & Gas by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Annual Turbine Capacity for Upstream Oil & Gas by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Annual Microturbine Capacity for Upstream Oil & Gas by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Annual Diesel Genset Revenue for Upstream Oil & Gas by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Annual Dual-Fuel Genset Revenue for Upstream Oil & Gas by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Annual Natural Gas Genset Revenue for Upstream Oil & Gas by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Annual Turbine Revenue for Upstream Oil & Gas by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Annual Microturbine Revenue for Upstream Oil & Gas by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Overview of Power Generation Technologies in Upstream Oil & Gas

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