Overview

Steady flow: Infrastructure investments will boost pipeline and export capacity

IBISWorld’s Natural Gas Distribution market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.

REPORT SNAPSHOT

Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$163bn
Annual Growth
12-17
3.4%
Annual Growth
17-22
Profit
Employment
83,154
Business
2,601

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • While low retail prices hurt revenue, low Citygate prices have reduced gas purchase costs for distributors
  • The large growth in natural gas production has led to a substantial decline in natural gas prices
  • Domestic natural gas prices are anticipated to steadily grow to converge with higher world prices

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Natural Gas Distribution industry has performed erratically over the past five years as the shale gas boom resulted in a flood of domestic natural gas production, triggering a collapse in natural gas prices. Industry profitability has remained relatively stable. While low retail prices hurt revenue, low Citygate prices have reduced gas purchase costs for distributors. Over the five years to 2022, natural gas production is projected to slow, while infrastructure investments will boost pipeline and export capacity. Upstream gas extractors are therefore expected to charge higher prices on export markets, while regulatory agencies are set to belatedly raise retail rates. However, natural gas consumption is forecast to fall slightly...

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    Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    The Natural Gas Distribution industry has been gathering steam over the course of the past five years. Energy consumption rose as the economy strengthened. However, infrastructure shortages and excess production resulted in a surplus of natural gas in the United States, pushing prices to decline sharply. According to data sourced from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), natural gas prices have remained extremely volatile over the past five years. Conversely, demand for natural gas has grown during this period as the economy has recovered and regained growth. In particular, demand for natural gas has been strong from industrial consumers who use gas both as an intermediary material and as an energy source in manufacturing. How..

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    Additional Insights for the Natural Gas Distribution Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Natural Gas Distribution Industry are

  • Ability to negotiate successfully with regulators
  • Supply contracts in place for key inputs
  • Superior financial management and debt management
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Price of natural gas and Electric power consumption in the Natural Gas Distribution industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Natural Gas Distribution Industry?

    The majority of companies in this industry manage gas distribution systems consisting primarily of gas mains and meters that transport gas to end users. Other companies are gas marketers that buy gas directly from the well and sell it to a distribution system, while others still are gas brokers or agents that arrange for gas to be sold via distribution systems operated by other companies.

    Industry Products
    Natural gas distribution
    Natural gas marketing and brokering
    Industry Activities
    Operating gas distribution systems (e.g. mains and meters)
    Buying gas from a well and selling it to a distribution system
    Acting as gas brokers or agents that arrange the sale of gas over gas distribution systems
    Transmitting and distributing gas to final consumers

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Price of natural gas
  • Electric power consumption
  • Industrial production index
  • World price of steaming coal
  • Housing starts
  • Regulation for the Natural Gas Distribution Industry

  • Current Performance
  • Stable profit
  • Structural changes
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Demand
  • Growing profit
  • Table: Natural Gas Distribution Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Natural Gas Distribution Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Manufacturing
  • Petrochemical Manufacturing
  • Inorganic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Organic Chemical Manufacturing
  • Coal & Natural Gas Power

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Gas Pipeline Transportation
  • Gasoline & Petroleum Bulk Stations
  • Gasoline & Petroleum Wholesaling
  • Oil & Gas Pipeline Construction
  • Oil Drilling & Gas Extraction

  • Products & Services
  • Natural gas distribution
  • Natural gas marketing and brokering
  • Other
  • Chart: Natural Gas Distribution Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Residential
  • Electric power
  • Industrial
  • Commercial
  • Transportation
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Natural Gas Distribution Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesDepreciationWagesDistribution and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Natural Gas Distribution

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Natural Gas Distribution Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Natural Gas Distribution Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Natural Gas Distribution Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Henry Hub Natural Gas Price, $ per mmBtu (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Jargon & Glossary
    Citygate
  • The point where major gas transmission pipelines end and the gas enters the distributor's system.
  • Distribution Network
  • A system of pipes used to transport natural gas from the citygate to customers.
  • Henry Hub
  • An important natural gas pipeline in Erath, Louisiana that serves as the benchmark for North American natural gas prices.
  • Liquefied Natural Gas (Lng)
  • Natural gas that has been cooled to a very low temperature until it becomes liquid. Used to transport natural gas via tanker overseas.
  • Mercaptan
  • A colorless yet foul-smelling gas that is added to natural gas to help determine when a leak has occurred.
  • Natural Gas
  • A naturally occurring gas that consists of 50.0% to 90.0% methane and small amounts of heavier hydrocarbons such as propane and butane.
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