Despite the global economic slowdown, the power plant service sector is experiencing optimistic growth fuelled by rising investments in the power generation industry. The expected climb in revenues is driven by a growing demand for service requirements with the ageing fleet of power plants and a revived customer emphasis on efficiency.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (energy.frost.com), Western European Power Plant Services Markets, finds that the market earned revenues of $3,973 million in 2008 and estimates this to reach $5,145 million in 2015. The market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 3.8 percent. The Western European countries covered in this research service are Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
"Besides Europe's ageing fleet of power plants, the growth in the installed capacity of combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) (gas fired plants) augurs well for the services market because gas turbine contracts tend to be of higher value," says Frost & Sullivan Energy Industry Director Harald Thaler. "Although the boiler and steam turbine markets are considered relatively mature, the gas turbine market is in a growth phase, with developments in new installed capacity driving the market."
In addition to these developments, some of the key short-term restraints for the western European power plant services market include increasing focus on renewable energy sources such as wind, potential resurgence of nuclear power, capacity constraints or shortage of skilled labour, unwillingness of some utilities to outsource complete operation and maintenance (O&M) contracts and adverse effects of economic slowdown.
"The shortage of experienced and skilled manpower for the servicing business in Western Europe is turning into a major impediment for providing services to customers," explains Harald. "The market also faces the challenge of public opposition to fossil fuel plants, especially coal fired plants."
Despite these underlying problems, there are several opportunities present across the various functional segments of gas turbines, steam turbines and boilers. The market growth is primarily driven by lack of adequate in-house capability, rising trend of services for newly built plants, growth in new installed capacity and customers' focus on improving efficiency and cost.
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