$342bn new energy projects announced in Q2
London, July 11, 2013
The estimated investment value of new projects announced during the second quarter of this year across the global energy supply chain has risen significantly to $342 billion, a 28 per cent increase compared to Q1, according to a report.
The figure was an increase of 23 per cent on Q2 2012, while the total number of projects is down just 7 per cent on last quarter, according to the EIC Monitor quarterly report from the Energy Industries Council (EIC).
EIC Monitor tracks nearly 10,000 projects proposed or under development in the global energy industry and provides a barometer, broken down into oil and gas (downstream, midstream, upstream), nuclear and conventional power, and the renewables sectors.
Overall in Q2, there were 386 new projects announced across the global energy supply chain, compared to 417 in Q1 2013 totalling $267.5 billion and 401 new projects in Q2 2012 worth $277.8 billion, it said.
The upstream sector saw an increase of 3 per cent in the total potential investment value of new projects this quarter, rising to $48.8 billion from $47.4 billion last quarter, with a 6 per cent decrease in the number of new project announcements since Q1 2013.
In the midstream sector there has been a 60 per cent increase in the total potential investment value of new projects in Q2 to $88.3 billion, rising from $55 billion in Q1 2013 with a 5 per cent decrease in the number of new projects.
In the downstream sector, the number of new projects has increased by 76 per cent since Q1 2013, and the total potential investment value has increased an impressive 206 per cent from $34 billion in Q1 2013 to $104.3 billion in Q2.
The renewables sector has seen a 44 per cent increase in the total potential investment value of new projects, from $43.1 billion in Q1 2013 to $62.2 billion this quarter, with a 6 per cent decrease in the number of new project announcements since Q1 2013.
In the power sector, the number of new projects has decreased by 40 per cent since Q1 2013, and the total potential investment value has decreased 56 per cent from $87.8 billion in Q1 to $38.5 billion in Q2, the report said.
In nearly all cases newly proposed projects must first undergo various planning and consent approvals which may take several years. Also, early stage proposals do not necessarily have financing agreed and in place. Thus there will always be a proportion of projects that do not gain consent and/or finance, the report warned.
Commenting on EIC Monitor, Claire Miller, CEO (Interim), said: “Overall, figures this quarter indicate that the energy industry is thriving with a significant 28 per cent rise in proposed project spend compared to the first quarter of 2013, albeit with a small decrease in project numbers. Performance in the midstream and downstream sectors has been particularly impressive as the growing level of natural gas recovery worldwide is fuelling a rise in LNG, petrochemical and associated pipeline projects.” - TradeArabia News Service