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Surge in Stock Levels and Focus on Discovering Alternative Oil Storage Solutions to Aid Market Growth

The oil & gas sector has expanded at an impressive rate over the past couple of decades, owing to increasing demand from an array of end-use industries. As the demand for different types of oil, including gasoline, aviation fuel, middle distillates, and crude oil continues to grow at an impressive rate, oil storage has emerged as an important requirement. Players operating in the oil storage market are increasingly investing resources in new technologies, production of oil storage products, and oil storage techniques to establish a solid foothold in the current market landscape.

Oil & gas is primarily transported over long distances around the world due to which, oil storage is a critical aspect of the overall oil supply chain– a factor that is projected to drive innovations and new development across the oil storage market during the forecast period. Large storage systems are a prerequisite for maritime transport, especially at export-import terminals due to which, the focus on oil storage has remained relatively high– a factor that is anticipated to contribute to the growth of the global oil storage market during the assessment period. Over the few decades, the demand for oil storage to hold strategic reserves to ensure the supply of oil during a crisis period has witnessed a consistent growth.

At the back of these factors, along with increasing focus on quality control, the global oil storage market is on the course to attain a market value of US$ 24 Bn by the end of 2030. At present, open top tanks, floating roof tanks, fixed roof tanks, and cylindrical tanks are some of the most extensively deployed oil storage types.

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Several Countries Explore Possibility of Building New Oil Storage Systems to Cater to Demand

The energy sector around the world has witnessed major developments over the past few years. The increasing demand for crude oil, particularly from developing nations has played an imperative role in influencing the growth of the global oil storage market. Several major nations, including the U.S. and India are increasingly exploring the possibility of increasing the oil storage capacity due to considerable rise in stock levels. The energy department across North America are increasingly focusing on building new oil storage tanks to cater to a surge in the stock levels. Stakeholders involved in the current oil storage market including midstream companies, traders, and oil producers are focusing on the development of different storage alternatives. Some of the concepts that are in contention include conversion of tanks and storage wells into crude storage by primarily utilizing floating storage and more.

While the players in the North American energy sector are considering various expansion strategies, several nations are findings innovative oil storage techniques. For instance, in India, as the storage capacity in pipelines, inland depots, and refineries are nearly full, the policy makers in the country are devising unique ways to store oil. The price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia coupled with dwindling consumption of crude oil and increasing dumping of fuel into the spot market in India are some of the major factors expected to have a strong influence on the overall growth of the oil storage market in India.

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Market Growth to Remain Steady amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is expected to have a moderate impact on the global oil storage market. As onshore tanks and storage alternatives in several major nations, including the U.S. and India are nearly full, market players are increasingly eyeing opportunities in these regions to cater to the demand for new oil storage alternatives. Traders and refiners are increasingly exploring new alternatives such as floating storage to fulfil the growing demand for oil storage alternatives. As the lockdown restrictions around the world continue to ease out, the supply chain across the oil storage market is showing signs of recovery.

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Analysts’ Viewpoint

The global oil storage market is likely to expand at a moderate CAGR of 4% during the forecast period. The market growth can be primarily attributed to increasing production of crude oil, high demand for various types of oil across the industrial sector, increasing demand for oil storage alternatives due to rise in stock levels, and focus on development of innovative oil storage systems. Market players should tap into opportunities in developing regions to gain a competitive edge in the upcoming years. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to increase the demand for oil storage systems in 2020.

Oil Storage Market: Overview

  • According to Transparency Market Research’s latest research report on the global oil storage market for the forecast period 2020–2030, demand for oil storage facilities is rising across the globe to ensure supply of oil in case of emergencies. Growth in demand for refined petroleum products in various end-use industries is estimated to boost the global oil storage market over the next few years.
  • In terms of revenue, the global oil storage market is estimated to reach US$ 24 Bn by 2030, expanding at a CAGR of 4% during the forecast period

Mismatch Between Demand and Supply of Refined Products: Key Driver of Oil Storage Market

  • Production of crude oil has increased significantly over the last few years, due to the revolution in shale oil production in the U.S. and ongoing investments in exploration and production of oil reserves across several countries such as Saudi Arabia. This oversupply of crude oil has created a gap between demand and supply. In turn, this is projected to drive investment in the construction of oil storage facilities, thereby boosting the global oil storage market.
  • The coronavirus pandemic prompted governments of various countries to enforce nationwide lockdowns as part of measures to limit the spread of the pandemic. Several restrictions were placed on movement of individuals during the lockdown. Economic activities have come to a halt, barring activities related to essential goods and services. This hampered the demand for refined petroleum products.
  • Demand for crude oil is directly linked to the demand for petroleum products, as crude oil is used as a raw material in the production of refined products. Decline in utilization of refined products has negatively impacted the demand for crude oil. According to the IEA, global demand for oil fell by 16.4 mb/d year-on-year in Q2 2020, as lockdowns were imposed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. This, in turn, raised the volume of oil storage, subsequently increasing the need for storage facilities for crude oil. Thus, a mismatch between demand and supply of crude oil is anticipated to offer lucrative opportunities for the global oil storage market during the forecast period

Increase in Demand for Oil Storage in Oil & Gas Sector

  • Demand for oil & gas products is rising across the globe owing to increase in population and growth in industrialization
  • Supply of oil has been disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Development of oil storage facilities is expected to play a major role in energy security policy, as oil is used for a variety of purposes and is difficult to substitute with another commodities.
  • There are two types of oil storage facilities: commercial reserves and strategic petroleum reserves (SPR). Commercial reserves are reserves stored for commercial purposes by various refineries and petroleum companies. Strategic petroleum reserve refers to the reserves made by the government body of a particular country to safeguard the economy and help maintain national security during an energy crisis.
  • In Asia Pacific, China is a prominent importer of crude oil. The country imports 40% of its crude oil from the Middle East. This is boosting the demand for oil storage facilities in the country.

Oil Storage Market: Competition Landscape

  • Detailed profiles of providers of oil storage have been provided in the report to evaluate their financials, key product offerings, recent developments, and strategies
  • Key players operating in the global oil storage market are
    • Royal Vopak N.V.
    • Vitol
    • Oiltanking GmbH
    • Ghazanfar Group
    • NuStar Energy L.P.
    • Magellan Midstream Partners L.P.
    • International-matex Tank Terminals Inc
    • Horizon Terminals Ltd
    • CLH Group
    • CIM-CCMP Group
    • Buckeye Partners L.P.

Oil Storage Market: Major Developments

  • Key service providers of oil storage, such as Royal Vopak N.V., Vitol, Oiltanking GmbH, Magellan Midstream Partners L.P., and Buckeye Partners L.P., are focusing on the expansion of oil storage facilities owing to the rising demand for oil storage facilities. Other prominent developments in the global oil storage market are highlighted below:
  • In April 2018, Buckeye Partners L.P. announced plans to expand its Chicago Complex facility. The company invested approximately US$ 80 Mn in the expansion, as it is a key logistics hub in the Midwest. The expansion includes increased storage, component blending, throughput capacity, and service capabilities in the Chicago Complex to support the rising needs of customers. The expansion also includes the construction of approximately 600,000 barrels of additional product blending tankage as well as build-out of an existing truck rack.
  • In December 2019, Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. announced a plan to expand the supplemental open season to solicit additional commitments for transportation volume on the western leg of its refined petroleum products pipeline system in Texas. The company is in the process of expanding the capacity of its west Texas refined products pipeline system to approximately 175,000 barrels per day (bpd) from its current capacity of 100,000 bpd.
  •  In the global oil storage market report, we have discussed individual strategies, followed by company profiles of providers of oil storage facilities. The ‘Competition Landscape’ section has been included in the report to provide readers with a dashboard view and company market share analysis of key players operating in the global oil storage market.

Oil Storage Market – Scope of the Report

The latest study collated and published by Transparency Market Research (TMR) analyzes the historical and present-day scenario of the global oil storage market to accurately gauge its growth potential. The study presents detailed information about important growth factors, restraints, and key trends that are creating the landscape for growth of the global oil storage market in order to identify opportunities for stakeholders. The report also provides insightful information about how the global oil storage market would expand during the forecast period of 2020 to 2030.

The report offers intricate dynamics about different aspects of the global oil storage market, which aids companies operating in the market in making strategic decisions. TMR’s study also elaborates on the significant changes that are anticipated to configure growth of the global oil storage market during the forecast period. It also includes key indicator assessment that highlights growth prospects for the global oil storage market and estimates statistics related to the market in terms of value (US$ Mn) and volume (million barrels).

This study covers detailed segmentation of the global oil storage market, along with key information and a competition outlook. The report mentions company profiles of players that are currently dominating the global oil storage market, wherein various developments, expansions, and winning strategies practiced by these players have been presented in detail.

Key Questions Answered in TMR’s Report on Oil Storage Market

The report provides detailed information about the global oil storage market on the basis of comprehensive research on various factors that are playing a key role in accelerating the growth of the market. Information mentioned in the report answers path-breaking questions for companies that are currently operating in the global market and are looking for innovative methods to create a unique benchmark in the global market so as to help them design successful strategies and make target-driven decisions.

  • Which product type segment of the global oil storage market would emerge as a major revenue generator during the forecast period?
  • How are key market players successfully earning revenues in the global oil storage market?
  • What would be the Y-o-Y growth trend of the global oil storage market between 2020 and 2030?
  • What are the winning imperatives of leading players operating in the global oil storage market?

Research Methodology – Oil Storage Market

The research methodology adopted by analysts for compiling the report on the global oil storage market is based on detailed primary as well as secondary research. With the help of in-depth insights of the market-affiliated information obtained and legitimated by market-admissible resources, analysts have offered riveting observations and authentic forecasts of the global oil storage market.

During the primary research phase, analysts have interviewed market stakeholders, investors, brand managers, vice presidents, and sales and marketing managers. Based on data obtained through interviews of genuine resources, analysts have emphasized the changing scenario of the global oil storage market.

For secondary research, analysts have scrutinized numerous annual report publications, white papers, market association publications, and company websites to obtain the necessary understanding of the global oil storage market.




Global Oil Storage Market: Segmentation

This report on the global Oil Storage Market provides segmentation of the market based on type and region

Storage Type

  • Open Top Tanks
  • Fixed Roof Tanks
  • Floating Roof Tanks
  • Other Storage Facilities

Product Type

  • Crude Oil
  • Gasoline
  • Aviation Fuel
  • Middle Distillates

By Reserve Type

  • Strategic Petroleum Reserve
  • Commercial Petroleum Reserve


  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East and Africa
  • South & Central America

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