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Global Petroleum Coke Market: Snapshot 

The world petroleum coke market is envisaged to take massive strides forward in its growth owing to incessant power need of the energy and cement sectors, especially in the emerging countries of Asia Pacific. The growth of the world petroleum coke market could be further complemented on the back of quick expansion of steel production due to the development of transportation, highway, railway, automobile, and construction industries. Besides its usage as a cost-effective and an alternative fuel, petroleum coke could be engaged as a profitable asset in the manufacture of certain chemicals and as a confined power generation fuel. 

The world petroleum coke market is anticipated to touch a revenue valuation of US$24.11 bn by the end of 2020. On account of environmental concerns and some traits causing pollution, the employment of petroleum coke could be discouraged, thus negatively affecting the demand in the world petroleum coke market. However, the process of gasification of petroleum coke is expected to up profit margins and encourage clean power production. 

Aluminum Industry Profits Calcined (Green) Coke with Towering Demand 

In terms of type of product, the worldwide petroleum coke market could be classified into calcined or green coke and fuel grade coke. The aluminum sector is researched to be a major consumer of calcined coke. It could account for a staggering 75.0% to 80.0% of the demand in the calcined coke market on a global platform. The remaining percentage of the demand for calcined coke is predicted to be secured by steel, paper, paint, and chemical sectors. Calcined coke in these sectors could be used for manufacturing titanium dioxide pigment. Moreover, calcined coke finds extensive application in fertilizer, glass, brick, and colorings markets. 

Fuel grade coke, on the other hand, is envisioned to be highly utilized in the power and cement kilns sectors. This type of petroleum coke could also draw a high demand because of its ability to blend with traditional coal-fired boilers. In addition to that, fuel grade coke is expected to be advantaged by the complete replacement of steam coal by technologically-enhanced boiler designs. 

Cement and Power Generation Applications Reinforce Growth in Asia Pacific 

The Asia Pacific petroleum coke market is foretold to gain a strong impetus in the near future as it rides on a stunning growth in the developing economies of China and India. The cement sector of India could engage petroleum coke at a significant rate. Power plants in China are projected to use a telling percentage of petroleum coke for the generation of power. 

Furthermore, rising population and aggressive industrialization in Asia Pacific could raise the hopes of petroleum coke manufacturers operating therein. More opportunities are foreseen to take shape in Asia Pacific as the region dominates the international petroleum coke market in respect of demand led by colossal imports. At present, the U.S. is analyzed to hold the projected dominant position in the export of petroleum coke. The low cost of petroleum coke is prophesied to be a major attraction for its import since a substantial quantity of power could be produced at an economical rate. Besides this, a large quantity of heat could be produced with a small quantity of petroleum coke. 

Europe is prognosticated to be another major importer of petroleum coke because of its increasing demand. Petroleum coke is considered as a preferable option instead of natural gas and coal in view of its timely and easy availability. 

Of all the important players operating in the global petroleum coke market, HPCL-Mittal Energy Limited (HMEL), ExxonMobil Corporation, Essar Oil Ltd., Chevron Corporation, and BP plc are anticipated to showcase prominence.

The petroleum coke market report by Transparency Market Research provides in-depth analysis of the global petroleum coke industry. The report divides the market based on product segment, end-use segment and regional segment. It also provides forecast and estimates for each segment. The report analyzes demand and supply characteristics of the market by providing detailed forecast and analysis of volume and revenue for the period from 2014 to 2020.


The petroleum coke market primarily includes two types of petroleum coke: fuel grade coke and calcined coke. Fuel grade coke is expected to be the most dominant type of petroleum coke in terms of product segment in the near future. Fuel grade coke is primarily used in cement kilns and power plants owing to less cost and high calorific value. Growth in population and emerging economies propel demand for fuel grade coke, especially in countries in Asia Pacific such as India and China. Small quantity of fuel grade coke is sufficient to generate large quantity of electricity. Calcined coke finds major application in aluminum, paints and colorings, steel and fertilizer industries in the production of titanium dioxide.


Asia Pacific and Europe are the major importers of petroleum coke. Emerging economies in Asia pacific such as China and India employ a large percentage of petroleum coke in cement kilns and power plants. In China, majority of the petroleum coke is used in the generation of electricity in power plants. Large percentage of petroleum coke is used in the cement kilns industry in India. This is due to growth in population and rapid industrialization in India and China. Led by large import of petroleum coke, Asia Pacific emerged as the most dominating market for petroleum coke in terms of demand. Currently, the U.S. is the dominant exporter of petroleum coke. Small quantity of petroleum coke is sufficient to produce high quantity of heat. Hence, large quantity of electricity is produced at a cheaper rate due to low cost of petroleum coke. Europe is the second-highest importer of petroleum coke due to rising demand for electricity in the region. Thus, petroleum coke is a preferred fuel over coal and natural gas owing to its easy and timely availability. Significant demand for petcoke exists in the Middle East and Latin America due to increasing infrastructure development and rising population in these regions. Various crude oil refining companies are establishing delayed coking units in order to produce petroleum coke domestically. 


Calcining, power plants, cement kilns, blast furnace and other segments such as paper, fertilizer, and paints and colorings are the end-use segments of petroleum coke. Power plants and cement kilns are the fastest growing segments globally.


Asia Pacific, North America, Europe and Rest of the World (RoW) are the major geographical areas covered in the report. Each geographical region has been further bifurcated based on product segment and end-use segment. Volume forecasts and estimates for each segment have been provided for the period from 2014 to 2020. 


The report also provides detailed analysis and revenue of companies such as BP Plc, Chevron Corporation, Essar Oil Ltd., ExxonMobil Corporation, HPCL – Mittal Energy Limited, Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Reliance Industries Limited, Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Saudi Arabia Oil Company and Valero Energy Corporation. The report provides detailed analysis of the various factors influencing the petroleum coke industry with the help of Porter’s five forces analysis. The analysis also helps understand the degree of competition prevalent in the market. Furthermore, the report analyzes value chain and various drivers and restraints of the petroleum coke market. 


Petroleum Coke Market: Product Type Analysis

  • Fuel Grade Coke
  • Calcined Coke

Petroleum Coke Market: End Use Segment Analysis

  • Calcining
  • Power Plants
  • Cement Kilns
  • Blast Furnace
  • Others

Petroleum Coke Market: Regional Analysis

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Rest of the World (RoW)

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