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Petroleum Liquid Feedstock Market

Petroleum Liquid Feedstock Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Type (Naphtha, Gas Oil), By End Product (Ethylene, Benzene, Propylene, Hexane, Naphthalene, Others) and By Region(North America, Europe, APAC, Middle East and Africa, LATAM) Forecasts, 2023-2031

Report Code: SRCH769DR
Study Period 2019-2031 CAGR 6.7%
Historical Period 2019-2021 Forecast Period 2023-2031
Base Year 2022 Base Year Market Size USD XX Billion
Forecast Year 2031 Forecast Year Market Size USD 1320 Million
Largest Market North America Fastest Growing Market Asia Pacific
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Market Overview

Petroleum Liquid Feedstock Market Size Set to Soar: 6.7% CAGR Forecast for the Coming Period

Feedstock is a raw material that is used in the industrial process to generate energy. Petroleum liquid feedstock is a blend of several different types of hydrocarbons that are extremely volatile and highly flammable in nature. It is mainly derived by the process of distillation if coal, petroleum, and wood. For instance, Naphtha one of the petroleum products is extracted and obtained from the distillation of crude oil and is used as feedstock for petrochemical and fertilizer industries.


Market Dynamics

Increasing Demand for Plastic to Drive the Petroleum Liquid Feedstock Market

Natural gas oil is a key input for plastic production and difficult to transport. Petrochemical manufacturers have a strong dependency on natural gas oils or ethane as a feedstock. The new plastics infrastructure in the Gulf region is highly driven by the U.S. shale gas boom. 

Naphtha is another essential element for a plastic product that is extracted from oil refining. The production of naphtha is done in key oil companies with refining capacity. The five prominent players, namely Chevron, Shell, British Petroleum, ExxonMobil, and China National Petroleum Corporation, together account for over half the global naphtha sales.  The plastic packaging used for food and other commercial products is derived from petrochemical products, including polyethylene and polystyrene. Thus, the massive demand for plastic will eventually drive the petroleum liquid feedstock market.

As per the International Energy Agency, advanced economies of the world, such as the U.S. and those in Europe, currently use as much as 20 times more plastic compared to developing countries, such as Indonesia and India, on a per capita basis. This offers an enormous break for the increasing demand for petroleum liquid feedstock.

Despite the considerable rise in recycling, measures to repress the single-use of plastics are gaining traction, particularly in countries of Europe, Japan, and Korea. With a considerable amount of harmful plastic litter in oceans and seas, the European Commission proposed new EU-wide rules to target the 10 most single-use plastic products found on the sea and beaches of Europe. Put together these single-use plastic products constitute 70% of all marine litters. Consequently, the proposed regulations are expected to bring both environmental and economic benefits like it aid in preventing the emission of almost 3.4 million tons of CO2 equivalent. These efforts are expected to be offset as developing countries are rapidly increasing their plastic consumption. The unavailability of alternatives for petroleum liquid products is another drawback that will impact the growth of the market.

Rising Oil Prices to Nudge the Demand for Petroleum Liquid Feedstock

The oil and gas prices’ crash of 2014–2016 adversely impacted the petroleum refining market along with the petroleum liquid feedstock market. However, the markets have recovered, with oil prices reaching almost USD 70 per barrel in 2017 from USD 40 per barrel in 2014. The petrochemical industry is a key driver for the petroleum liquid feedstock market. Transportation, construction, and plastic, among other end-use industries, propel the demand for petrochemical products, eventually contributing to the growth of the petroleum liquid feedstock market. Globally, oil consumption is not only enhancing the growth of the petroleum liquid feedstock market but also calling for significant expenditure and substantial investment. The global upstream CAPEX for oil and gas increased by 4% in 2019.

Report Scope

Report Metric Details
By Type
  1. Naphtha
    1. Heavy Naphtha
    2. Light Naphtha
  2. Gas Oil
By End Product
  1. Ethylene
  2. Benzene
  3. Propylene
  4. Hexane
  5. Naphthalene
  6. Others
Company Profiles Chevron Phillips Chemical Company Exxon Mobil Corporation China National Petroleum Corporation Shell Flint Hills Resources Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd. China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation Royal Dutch Shell plc TOTAL S.A. British Petroleum Reliance Industries YPF
Geographies Covered
North America U.S. Canada
Europe U.K. Germany France Spain Italy Russia Nordic Benelux Rest of Europe
APAC China Korea Japan India Australia Taiwan South East Asia Rest of Asia-Pacific
Middle East and Africa UAE Turkey Saudi Arabia South Africa Egypt Nigeria Rest of MEA
LATAM Brazil Mexico Argentina Chile Colombia Rest of LATAM
Report Coverage Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, Environment & Regulatory Landscape and Trends
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Segmental Analysis

Chemical Industry: The Most Prominent End User of Petroleum Liquid Feedstock

Ethylene, an end product of petroleum liquid feedstock, acts as a starting element for various industrial synthesis. It is extensively used in the chemical industry for the production of polymers. In the past few years, the chemical industry has witnessed a considerable surge in growth. In 2018, the top ten chemical-producing countries accounted for 86.7% of global chemical sales. China alone accounted for USD 1,338 billion, which was almost equivalent to both Europe and NAFTA’s chemical sales of USD 1,223 billion.

The chemical industry is pivotal to the economic development of growing countries, such as India. India’s chemical sector accounts for about 10.5% of the country’s foreign trade. Although chemicals are vital, their implications on human health and environmental degradation are immense. The chemical industry is expected to witness a gradual eastward shift towards Asia, looking at the debouching trends and proclivities in the manufacturing sector, which will further drive the growth of the petroleum liquid feedstock market in Asia-Pacific.

Global chemical sales were valued at around USD 3,730 billion in 2018. The chemical industry is an important part of the world economic landscape and plays an essential role in economic growth across the globe. Growth and developments in the chemical industry are essential to meet the various targets set by the United Nations Sustainable Developmental Goals (SDGs).

The global market is witnessing a significant upsurge in the FDI and government investments in the chemical and petrochemical industry. In addition, several governments around the globe have introduced favorable policies in terms of aid and subsidies for boosting industrial growth. As per data by Oxford Economics, the total contribution of the chemical industry to the global GDP was valued at around USD 5.7 trillion, and the total global amount spent on R&D activities accounted for USD 51 billion.

Elements such as ethane and propylene are used abundantly in the chemical industry. Several gases, such as acetylene, benzene, propane, and ethylene, derived from the refining of petroleum and used in various end products, such as paper, paints, textiles, and pharmaceuticals, are propelling the petroleum liquid feedstock market.

Use of Ethylene in Controlling Fruit Ripening & Promoting Crop Growth

An ethylene or nitrogen mixture supplied in cylinders is used to control the ripening of fruit, especially bananas, wherein a concentration of a few ppm in the warehouse atmosphere. It also finds application in promoting crop growth, wherein the gas is directly injecting into the soil. Thus, the growth of the agriculture sector will directly translate to the growth of the petroleum liquid feedstock market.

The demand for petroleum liquid feedstock is on an upward trend in Asia-Pacific on account of the increasing number of food manufacturing plants. In 2017, Singapore’s food industry contributed USD 4.3 billion to the country’s GDP (1.1%). China accounts for about one-fourth of the world’s total population and, therefore, serves as one of the largest consumer markets. The country imported 53.48 million tons of food and beverage in 2017. With Asia’s vast food industry, the regional petroleum liquid feedstock market is bound to grow manifold during the forecast period.


Market Size By Type

Market Size By Type
  • Naphtha
  • Gas Oil
  • Top Key Players

    Petroleum Liquid Feedstock Market Share of Key Players

    Petroleum Liquid Feedstock Market Share of Key Players
    Chevron Phillips Chemical Company Exxon Mobil Corporation China National Petroleum Corporation Shell Flint Hills Resources Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd. China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation Royal Dutch Shell plc TOTAL S.A. British Petroleum Reliance Industries YPF Others

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    What is the estimated growth rate (CAGR) of the Petroleum Liquid Feedstock Market?
    Petroleum Liquid Feedstock Market size will grow at approx. CAGR of 6.7% during the forecast period.
    Some of the top prominent players in Petroleum Liquid Feedstock Market are, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, Exxon Mobil Corporation, China National Petroleum Corporation, Shell, Flint Hills Resources, Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd., China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation, Royal Dutch Shell plc, TOTAL S.A., British Petroleum, Reliance Industries, YPF, etc.
    In the Petroleum Liquid Feedstock Market, North America has established itself as the market leader with a significant market share.
    The Asia Pacific region is projected to exhibit the highest rate of growth in the Petroleum Liquid Feedstock Market.
    The global Petroleum Liquid Feedstock Market report is segmented as follows: By Type, By End Product

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