Learn more about our sectors in the process industry
About Oil and Gas
The oil & gas industry is divided into 3 major sectors: the upstream sector, which considers exploration and production; the midstream
sector, which considers transportation (by pipeline, rail, barge, oil tanker or truck), storage and
wholesale distribution; as well as the downstream sector, including refining of crude oil and the processing and purification of crude natural gas. Oil and gas plants can be either onshore or offshore installations.
The products of gas refineries are conditioned heating gas, ethane, propane, butane and gas condensate. The end products of crude oil refineries are LPG, gasoline (mogas), kerosene, jet fuel, diesel oil, heating oil, fuel oils, lubricants, waxes, and bitumen. Some of these products are important raw materials for further processing in petrochemical units to a variety of petrochemicals.
Current trends in the industry include an increased focus on shale oil/gas extraction, liquefied natural gas (LNG), the use of big data analysis for process optimization, the modernization of plants using state-of-the-art connected devices (IIoT/Industry 4.0) as well as a renewed focus on plant infrastructure.
ProjeX-DB features a large number of projects in the up-, mid and downstream sectors from all over the world with many projects exceeding project values of 25 billion USD. These projects include oil/gas development areas, refinery complexes and many more.
The chemical process industry (CPI) is the enabler industry of many other industry segments and backbone of modern markets. The chemical
industry can broadly be separated into basic bulk/commodity chemicals, specialty/fine chemicals,
life sciences and consumer products.
Bulk chemicals are produced in large quantities to keep prices low and include many different substances, both inorganic and organic. Specialty chemicals are produced with a specific function or desired effect in mind. They include a wide range of products, including adhesives, colors, industrial gases, lubricants, polymers and countless others. Specialty chemicals are usually produced in batches at chemical plants which can be customized to fit customers’ demands.
Over the last years, the chemical industry has made great investments into modernization and innovation. Modularization, Industry 4.0/IIoT, AR/VR, advanced and smart simulations, sensor inputs and data analysis are currently trendsetting in the EPC and CPI sector.
Nearly half of the projects recorded in our database are from the CPI. China, USA, Middle East, ASEA and India are by far the most represented countries and regions when it comes to the construction of world-scale greenfield plants. Brownfield plants are dominant in Europe.
Especially in the field of pharmaceutical plant engineering, strict requirements and hygiene regulations must be met. GMP product purity
always has the highest priority. In order to meet the growing demands between purity and economic
efficiency, pharmaceutical plant engineering and pharmaceutical companies have to pull together even more. Only those companies will survive that are able to meet this change with a combination of many years of experience in the market and technical creativity. High-performance plants in conjunction with new plant flexibility show innovative approaches to solutions in this field.
There is a great pressure in the industry to innovate and introduce new technologies that improve on the production process. The trend from batch to “Conti”-production is recognizable. The introduction of artificial intelligence and big data analyses into the pharmacological industry allows for a faster development of new treatments, a more thorough analysis of study trials and much more.
This industry still accounts for a smaller share of projects in our portfolio, but is being filled more and more. The largest growth in project numbers in the pharmaceutical industry in ProjeX-DB has been in the field of pharmaceutical/food. Pharmaceutical projects are found over the world. A large percentage of projects in the pharmaceutical industry are in operation, but we have also seen a large proportion in the engineering / design project phase.
About Power and Energy
The economic importance of a secure energy supply in the modern world is undisputed. This is due to the fact that economic development
usually correlates with the stability of the energy supply. As a result, the energy industry has
been experiencing a steady upswing worldwide in recent years. Above all, new forms of energy production, such as renewable energy, are driving this growth. Globally, the industry's investments in 2017 have increased by 2.5 % over the previous year to 236 trillion USD.
With renewable technologies becoming more and more important in the market, the ability to store solar, wind and other types of energy is becoming increasingly important. Power-to-X-technologies provide storage solutions to retain the unused power that is generated and converts it into a form that can be stored more easily, such as hydrogen or methane.
Our database shows: The power and energy industry sector is growing steadily and forms the third largest segment in our database ProjeX-DB. The category "Energy and Powerplants" contains one of the most comprehensive databases in this sector. Project values range from a few million USD to values of more than 15 billion USD. Many of the new entries are currently in the "EPC Bidding" phase.
About Mining and Metal
In a world of digital transformations and Industry 4.0, even an industry like the mining industry must set new standards in development.
New trends such as "Smart Mining" are seen as the future form of raw material extraction and
will boost the progress of the industry. Above all, the topic of the energy turnaround is directly related to the procurement of raw materials and shows how important further development of this industry is. The combination of reliable technologies, high-tech and innovative business models is crucial. Aspects of automated and autonomous systems will also be a key issue for the future mining industry.
Our database covers projects for extraction of ores, salts coal, diamonds, uranium, rare earth elements etc. as well as projects for steel and iron production and the processing of ferrous and non-ferrous metals including copper and precious metals. Also included are projects for production of glass and glass products.
About Water and Wastewater
The water market is considered one of the most important future markets worldwide. Both public and environmental health are driving
forces for further development in the water and wastewater treatment industry. The demands on
standards for clean drinking water and properly treated wastewater are constantly increasing. The provision of clean water is always the primary goal of the industry. This is because external environmental influences, such as population growth, etc., are putting ever-increasing pressure on this resource.
This global development shows that clean water will become a rare raw material in the future. This makes it all the more important to provide an efficient and effective drinking water supply and environmentally friendly wastewater treatment. Above all, efficiency is what counts for companies under today's competitive pressure.
Services in our databases cover a capacity of 3000 m3 / day up to 1 billion m3 / day. Especially the category "Water / Sewage" contains many projects. All in all, the industry still represents a small share of projects in large plant construction on ProjeX-DB. However, due to the future development and the scarcity of this raw material we expect an upswing in the construction of newly developed water and wastewater treatment systems.
About Food and Beverage
The global Food & Beverage industry is comprised of a diverse set of segments and includes basic categories such as meat, poultry, dairy
products, alcohol, fruits & vegetables, tobacco, additives and so on. We further include industry
plants that produce food additives and supplements. Compared to other industries in the large plant construction business, these projects typically require less investment. The industry as a whole has experienced steady growth, but consumer demands are shifting.
There is a trend towards healthier, organic food and a push for the reduction in food waste and packaging. With a YOY growth rate of 5%, the Food & Beverage industry is expected to reach 20 trillion USD by 2030.
While Food & Beverage projects currently represent a rather narrow sector in our data sets, this sector has been increasingly expanded since last year. There are overlaps with the category Pharma / Food, which is also assigned to the pharmaceutical industry. In local terms, the United States is the most common region worldwide for the Food & Beverage industry. Many of the projects are currently in the “In Operation” phase.