HVDC Cables Market - Snapshot

HVDC cables are used to transmit high voltage direct current across long distances. For the purpose of this study, high voltage has been defined as 35 kV to 475kV. The study also covers extra high voltage (476 kV to 800 kV) and ultra-high voltage (above 800 kV). 

Transmission of Electricity over Long Distances to Drive Market 

HVDC transmission lines are highly cost-effective over long distances. They can carry large amounts of electricity from one location to another with limited loss of power during the transmission. Increase in adoption of renewable energy has resulted in a wide discrepancy in regions where such power is generated and those where it is consumed. For instance, in China, the potential of power generation is high in western parts. However, consumption potential is high in eastern parts. In such cases, the solution lies in transporting electricity from the source of generation to consumption. HVDC cables is the most popular technology to do so. The ability to transport energy over long distances is expected to be a major factor driving the market.

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Land Acquisition Problems act as Major Hindrance to Market Growth 

HVDC transmission lines are used to transport power over long distances. It is economical to build these lines overhead rather than underground or under the sea. However, overhead lines require a high number of towers to be built for the cables to be hanged. Similarly, underground lines require a large number of joints and termination bays. Not only do these towers and bays require space, but they also require a right of the way. The land through which the overhead or underground lines pass cannot be used for another purpose. For instance, buildings cannot be constructed on such lands. It is also not possible to carry out agriculture practices or plant trees with deep roots in such lands. HVDC lines require large amount of such lands. This can be difficult to acquire. 

Power Connections between Offshore Infrastructure/Power Plants and Main Grid to Provide Significant Opportunities to HVDC Cables Market 

Initially, most of the HVDC transmission grids were installed to supply power by interconnecting power grids between countries or over distances within the same country. This was partly because HVDC grids were cost effective over HVAC grids only beyond a certain distance such as 500 km-800 km on land and 70 km-80 km under the sea. However, technological progress has ensured that HVDC lines can be cost-effective even at short distances, especially in case of subsea applications where the distance has reduced to ~ 40 km. HVDC lines can carry high voltages of power such as 200 kV, 320 kV, 400 kV, and 500 kV. Therefore, these transmission lines are useful to transfer power from offshore wind farms or solar farms to the main grid. Similarly, they can also power various offshore infrastructures, such as FPSO and oil platforms, in the oil & gas industry. This type of application of HVDC cables is likely to increase during the forecast period. The number of renewable energy power plants has increased across the globe. Many of them are now constructed offshore. This trend is expected to continue during the forecast period. It is necessary to connect not only the renewable energy power plants constructed offshore, but other offshore infrastructures to the main grid. HVDC transmission line is anticipated to be the most cost-effective way of connecting these to the main grid. 

Extruded Cable is Commonly Used HVDC Cable 

Mass impregnated cables and oil-filled cables were commonly used in HVDC transmission lines when the technology was first used in the 1950s. These types of cables continued to dominate the market for several decades, before the advent of extruded cables in 1990s. Extruded cables have now become the dominant form of HVDC cables.

The extruded cables segment, especially XLPE cables sub-segment, has gained momentum since the 1990s. The extruded cables segment accounted for larger share of the market than the mass impregnated cables segment in 2017. Market share of the extruded cables segment is likely to increase during the forecast period due to technical advantages such as light weight, long length, and good connectivity. Additionally, these cables are environment-friendly. This, in turn, is projected to boost the segment in the near future. 

Overhead Line Application Accounts for Major Share of HVDC Cables Market 

Countries such as the U.S., China, and Canada utilize their vast areas to build overhead transmission lines. Overhead HVDC transmission lines cost lesser than underground and submarine lines. Hence, the overhead line segment accounted for dominant share of the market in 2017. Market share of the segment is projected to increase during the forecast period due to the low cost and ease of building of overheard lines. 

China is Major Driver of HVDC Cables Market in Asia Pacific

Europe was the first region to adopt HVDC transmission lines. It also has the highest number of installed transmission lines in the world. Scandinavia has the highest number of HVDC cables in the region. 

Market share of Europe started decreasing in the 21st century when China adopted the technology. Since 2000, China has built a large number of HVDC transmission lines. The country continues to build them at a rapid rate. China has been a primary driver of the HVDC cables market in Asia Pacific. Asia Pacific accounted for a dominant share of the global market in 2017. Market share of the region is anticipated to increase during the forecast period due to the rise in adoption of HVDC technology in India, Japan, and ASEAN. 

Highly Consolidated Market with Small Number of Companies

The global HVDC cables market is highly consolidated; it is dominated by a few players. Companies require high level of expertise to enter the market. Additionally, every HVDC transmission line needs to be highly customized to suit project requirements and specifications. Hence, it is also a highly lucrative market. This has resulted in several mergers and acquisitions in recent years, as companies have tried to consolidate their position in the market. For instance, NKT A/S acquired ABB’s HV cable business in 2017, while Prysmian Group acquired General Cable Corporation in June 2018. Furthermore, Nexans Group acquired Nippon High Voltage Cable Corporation in 2017. These acquisitions have helped companies obtain relevant technologies for further success in the market.

HVDC Cables Market - Overview

HVDC cables transmit high voltage direct current over long distances, as they are more efficient than HVAC technology at this task. The study covers high voltage (35 kV to 475kV), extra high voltage (476 kV to 800 kV), and ultra-high voltage (above 800 kV).

This report analyzes and forecasts the HVDC cables market at the global and regional level. The market has been forecast based on revenue (US$ Mn) from 2018 to 2026, considering 2017 as the base year. The study includes drivers and restraints of the global HVDC cables market. It also covers the impact of these drivers and restraints on demand for HVDC cables during the forecast period. The report also highlights opportunities in the HVDC cables market at the global and regional level.

The report includes detailed value chain analysis, which provides a comprehensive view of the global HVDC cables market. Porter’s Five Forces model for the HVDC cables market has also been included to help understand the competitive landscape in the market. The study encompasses market attractiveness analysis, wherein types and applications are benchmarked based on their market size, growth rate, and general attractiveness.

The study provides a decisive view of the global HVDC cables market by segmenting it in terms of type, application, and region. In terms of type, the HVDC cables market has been classified into mass impregnated cables, extruded cables, and others (including oil-filled cables and superconducting cables). Based on application, the market has been divided into overhead line, submarine, and underground. These segments have been analyzed based on present and future trends. Regional segmentation includes current and forecast demand for HVDC cable products in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa.

The report provides the actual market size of HVDC cables market for 2017, estimated market size for 2018, and forecast for the next eight years. Market numbers have been estimated based on type and application of the HVDC cables market. Market size has been provided in terms of global, regional, and country level markets.

The report comprises profiles of major companies operating in the global HVDC cables market. Key players operating in the HVDC cables market are NKT A/S, Nexans Group, Prysmian Group, and LS Cable & System Ltd. Market players have been profiled in terms of attributes such as company overview, financial overview, business strategies, and recent developments.

Key Takeaways

  • In terms of type, the extruded cables segment accounted for the major share of the global HVDC cables market in 2017
  • Overhead line is the commonly used application of HVDC cables, as it costs less and can be constructed quickly
  • China is the key country for HVDC cables, as it has built a large number of HVDC transmission lines and continues to build them at a rapid pace
  • Nexans Group is the first company to supply superconducting HVDC cables. The use of this type of HVDC cable is likely to increase significantly during the forecast period.
  • Various countries are enacting new regulations to promote and accelerate the construction of underground cables
  • The global HVDC cables market is likely to expand at a medium pace, as various countries continue to develop the capability to adopt the HVDC technology

The global HVDC cables market has been segmented as follows: 

 

Type

  • Mass Impregnated Cables
  • Extruded Cables
  • Others (including Oil-filled Cables and Superconducting Cables) 

Application

  • Overhead Line
  • Submarine
  • Underground 

Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • U.K.
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia & CIS
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • ASEAN
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa
    • GCC
    • South Africa
  • Rest of Middle East & Africa