Mexico petcoke market consumption in 2016 was over 6 MMT. Burgeoning demand for clean fuel from power plant and cement industries along with strict government regulations to reduce air pollution will propel the business growth. In 2014, Isolux and Alstom signed an agreement with Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) to convert 158 MW of fuel oil units to petroleum coke at the Altamira power station.
Petcoke Market size will exceed USD 25 billion by 2024.Increasing investments toward industrialization across developing economies coupled with growing demand for cost efficient and reliable alternate fuels will drive the global petcoke market size. In 2016, Egypt’s Arabian Cement announced to invest USD 9 million for constructing a petcoke mill with an aim to reduce the overall operating costs by lowering the freight rates of the product. Rapid urbanization with ongoing measures to mitigate carbon emissions will further augment the business landscape.
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For Europe, Russia petcoke market is projected to exceed 5.5 MMT by 2024. Positive outlook towards steel and aluminum industries along with increasing number of power generating stations will stimulate the product demand. Ongoing modernization and expansion of existing refineries will further complement the industry landscape.
U.S. petcoke market size will grow owing to growing investment towards expansion of coker units. In 2016, McPherson refinery announced to invest USD 579 million for multiyear coker replacement project to refine cheaper high density and large sulfur content crude oils. Increasing import for heavy crude oil from the U.S. refineries along with rising demand for value added refined products will further augment the business.
Low operational cost with reduced carbon emissions are some of the imperative features which will foster the petcoke market growth. Low volatile content of the product requires blending with coal when used as a fuel. The blend constitutes 20% to 30 % of petroleum coke which helps to reduce the operating cost by USD 120 million in a 1000 MW coal power plant.
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Growing demand for environment friendly fuel to enhance boiler efficiency will stimulate the petcoke market size. Stringent government norms to reduce NOx and trace metal emission will further complement the industry growth. In 2016, EU introduced Directive 2016/2284/EU to curb air pollutant emissions including VOC, ammonia, sulfur dioxides, NOx and fine particulate matters by 2030.
Notable players in the petcoke market include, Reliance, ExxonMobil, Saudi Aramco, BP, Essar Oil, Royal Dutch Shell, Bharat Petroleum, Indian Oil, Valero, Husky Energy, Chevron, Atha Group, Carbograf, HPCL-Mittal, Rain CII, Oxbow, Trammo, Aminco Resources and Marathon Petroleum.