North America to account for more than 40% in global trunk / transmission pipeline length by 2024

GlobalData Energy 7 January 2021 (Last Updated January 4th, 2021 14:41)

North America to account for more than 40% in global trunk / transmission pipeline length by 2024
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GlobalData’s latest report, ‘Global Oil and Gas Pipelines Industry Outlook to 2024 – Capacity and Capital Expenditure Outlook with Details of All Operating and Planned Pipelines’ says that the total length of global trunk / transmission pipeline network is 2,083,369km (with operation start years up to 2024, as of November 2020), of which, crude oil pipelines constitute 379,874km, petroleum products pipelines constitute 267,351km, natural gas pipelines constitute 1,334,241km and NGL pipelines constitute 101,903km.

As of November 2020, there were 4,138 active and suspended pipelines with a length of 1,966,889km. By 2024, 446 planned and announced pipelines are expected to start operations with a total length 116,479km.

Among regions, North America has the highest share of 43.2% in the global transmission pipeline length with 899,399km, followed by the Former Soviet Union with 419,021km and Asia with 225,382km, respectively.

Among countries, the United States stands first with the highest trunk / transmission pipeline systems network of 748,827km, followed by Russia, and Canada with 304,635km, and 123,557km respectively.


Among the global trunk / transmission pipeline systems, Transneft Oil System, Transneft Product System, Russian Gas System, and Mid America System are the longest active crude oil, petroleum products, natural gas and NGL pipelines with lengths of 52,840km, 19,000km, 172,100km, and 12,848km respectively.

With respect to the upcoming oil trunk / transmission pipelines globally, East African Crude Oil (EACOP), Paradip–Hyderabad, Power Of Siberia 1 (China Section), and EPIC NGL Phase I & III are the longest crude oil, petroleum products, natural gas and NGL pipelines with lengths of 1,443km, 1,212km, 3,371km, and 893km respectively.