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Corrosion Resistant Steels and Alloys in the Oil & Gas Industry

Despite efforts to promote renewable resources, oil and gas will continue to be the backbone of energy supply for the next decades to come. As conventional available reserves have largely been exhausted, more difficult fields have to be explored and enhanced oil recovery methods have to be utilized in existing fields in order to keep up with the accelerating demand for oil and gas. The era of easy accessible oil and gas has ended!

The share of total oil and gas production from offshore areas has increased significantly during the past decades, and the rapid growth of ultra-deepwater production is expected to continue well into the future. Oil and gas production is more challenging today as service conditions have become increasingly severe, e.g.: higher temperatures, higher pressures, sour fields (high H2S content) with high CO2 levels. All these challenges require advanced technologies, improved equipment and high performance materials in order to ensure the smooth and especially safe production of oil and gas.

This is where Corrosion Resistant Alloys (CRAs) are coming into play, as they are better suited to meet increasingly demanding requirements in exploration and production. Thus, the demand for special alloy steels, stainless steels and nickel alloys for upstream oil and gas applications has grown substantially and this trend is expected to continue.

This report describes the main applications for CRAs (Alloy Steels, Stainless Steels, Nickel Alloys) in the oil and gas industry and analyzes steel grades, product forms, dimensions and material trends. The consumption of CRAs is shown on a global and regional basis and the main suppliers are introduced as well as the major consumers in the oil and gas industry (OEMs and component fabricators).

The report highlights relevant future trends and developments and their consequences on the steel and nickel alloy supply chain. The main sources for this analysis are on site discussions with leading members of the entire oil and gas supply chain – from CRA producers to specialist distributors to equipment manufacturers and even oil majors.

This market report is a unique combination of Quest Offshore’s detailed oil and gas project database and SMIs in-depth knowledge about the stainless and specialty steel industry!

If you would like to have more details about this report, please download the documents on the bottom of this page or contact us.



Steel and nickel alloy producers ask:

  • How can I strengthen my position in the oil & gas industry?
  • How many tons of CRAs are used in this industry and what is accessible for me?
  • Which product forms, grades and dimensions are required in each application and what specifications do I need to meet?
  • What impact will new exploration and production technologies have on my product and service portfolio?
  • How is the supply chain organized and how can this market be effectively addressed?
  • What impact will a changing oil & gas price (different scenarios) have on my future business?

This in-depth market study will provide answers to these questions and more!

Steel and nickel alloy buyers and users ask:

  • Who are reliable suppliers for stainless steel and nickel alloy products?
  • Are there any newcomers from China, India and other emerging countries who offer high quality products?
  • Do producers of CRA have sufficient capacities to reliably supply the industry in the future?
  • Are there any supply bottlenecks for certain products that could lead to critically long delivery times?
  • How will the raw material prices (nickel, chrome, molybdenum, scrap) develop?
  • Are there any new steel grades or product forms which are safer or less costly than existing solutions?

his in-depth market study will provide answers to these questions and more!

Applications Discussed:

  • Alloy Steel forgings for wellheads, blowout preventers and Christmas trees
  • Nickel alloy wire and strip for weld-overlay of forged parts
  • Nickel alloy forgings for subsea valves
  • Martensitic stainless and nickel alloys forged bars for downhole hardware
  • Alloy steel hollow bars for downhole hardware
  • Chrome-manganese steel forged bars for non-magnetic drill collars
  • Non-magnetic steel and nickel alloy forged bars for MWD and LWD components
  • Stabilizers made from alloy steel, non-magnetic steel or nickel alloy forged bars
  • High performance mud motors made from alloy steels, stainless steels and nickel alloy forged bars
  • Flowlines and risers with CRA cladding or solid CRA large size welded pipe
  • Jumpers made of lean duplex, duplex and superduplex
  • Duplex strip for carcass of flexible pipes
  • Superduplex seamless tubes for umbilicals and flying leads
  • 13Cr, duplex and nickel alloy seamless tubes for casing and tubing (OCTG)
  • Nickel alloy coiled tubing for control and injection lines
  • Stainless steel and nickel alloy plates for topside vessels and heat exchangers
  • Cryogenic transfer lines for LNG
  • Duplex and martensitic bars for pump shafts

These applications and many more are discussed in the report.

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