Country wise, Saudi Arabia is anticipated to have the largest market share of HSAW pipes followed by U.A.E. According to ERC, Saudi Arabia spiral welded pipe market (By volume) would witness the highest CAGR (Compound annual growth rate) of 7.3 % during 2015-2021
Presently, in Middle East on an average around 68% of installed desalination capacity is being utilized thus leaving 32% as not being utilized. As a result, there would be a less requirement for the expansion of desalination plants in the future; hitting the HSAW pipe industry negatively. Attributing to that same reason the HSAW pipes market (By Volume) in U.A.E. is anticipated to grow at a modest CAGR of 5.5% during the covered forecast period. In contrast, Iran has a greater potential for HSAW pipes but owing to the international sanctions, the production and consumption of HSAW pipes has declined drastically in recent years. However, after the removal of sanction in 2016-2017, Iran is anticipated to get a boom in the HSAW pipes market thus opening the market for domestic and international players. At present, Qatar has a considerable share in Middle East HSAW pipe market and is project to become an attractive market for HSAW pipes manufacturers and players due to upcoming project like Doha Metro and FIFA world cup 2022.
The major challenge that stands in front of the HSAW pipes market of the Middle East is the declining oil prices in the international market that has withdrawn most of the major industry players from investing in the exploration and production activities in the oil & gas sector. Although, oil and gas sector has only 18% demand of total HSAW market but this has led to the postponement and cancellation of major ongoing and upcoming pipeline projects in the region.
The HSAW pipe industry includes but not limited to major players like Saudi Steel Pipe Company, Jindal SAW Ltd., Gerab National Enterprises, Attieh Steel Ltd., Arabian Pipes Company, National Pipe Company Ltd. etc.