China, India and US to drive global transmission market

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China, India and the US will be the driving forces for the global transmission and distribution conductors markets over the next four years, according to data and analytics company GlobalData.

The company’s report ‘Power Transmission and Distribution Conductors, Update 2018’ reveals that the aggregate global market value of power transmission and distribution conductor markets were valued at $25.99bn and $103.50bn during the period 2013–2017 and are estimated to be valued at $29.58bn and $114.38bn in the forecast period 2018–2022.

China, India and the US are estimated to be the major driving forces behind the global transmission and distribution conductors markets during the forecast period. The aggregated market values of the three nations are estimated to account for 63.7 per cent and 41 per cent respectively of the global transmission and distribution conductors’ markets values in 2022.

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Global power transmission and distribution conductors market value 2013-2017 and 2018-2022, source: GlobalData

Power analyst for GlobalData Nirushan Rajasekaram says there is a shift in trends within the global power market, with China and India growing in stature.

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“The large populations and domestic manufacturing might have provided the necessary critical mass to substantially influence global market trends,” he says.

“The expansion of the power grid is a consequence of initiatives focused on improving rural electrification and grid reliability, increasing the penetration of renewables, accommodating smart technologies, and importantly sustaining their strong economic growth.”

Environmental factors, fuel resource constraints, geo-political risks and evolving technologies are transforming the global power sector. Growing emphasis on reduction of carbon emissions is also creating a promising market for renewables and other grid assets.
Developed nations with established power networks are expected to focus on transitioning their power systems to reduce environmental impacts or on gradual replacement of ageing assets.

Developing nations face a myriad of challenges such as changing power generation model, power theft, supply reliability, grid constraints, market reformation, electricity deficit, growing urban population, and poor utility finances, which influence changes within the power sector.

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According to the report, connecting remote power generation with far-off load centres in countries such as China, Germany, and South Africa, and the push for an interconnected grid in the EU and Japan, present the need for new transmission infrastructure to facilitate power supply to consumers and to maintain grid flexibility.

“There is a strong requirement for new grid infrastructure to support the trends taking place within the generation and consumer segments of the power sector,” Mr Rajasekaram says.

“The economic growth in most nations is intricately connected with resource consumption such as electricity.

“As countries seek to improve their growth prospects, the demand for electricity and consequently the investments into the power sector will grow and drive the power transmission and distribution conductors market.”