The natural gas distribution market includes establishments involved in operating gas distribution systems, transmitting and distributing gas to final consumers. These establishments also include gas marketers and gas brokers or agents. Gas marketers buy gas from the well and sell it to a distribution system. Gas brokers or agents arrange the sale of gas over gas distribution systems operated by others.
The top five companies covered are Centrica, Osaka Gas, Tokyo Gas, GAIL India, and Gas Natural Fenosa. Centrica was the largest company in the natural gas distribution market in 2017.
The countries covered are USA, China, Germany, Brazil, Japan, UK, Spain, Russia, France, Australia, Italy, India and rest of the world.
The global natural gas distribution market was valued at around $490 billion in 2017. Asia Pacific was the largest region in the natural gas distribution market in 2017, accounting for around 37% of the total market. The USA was the largest country in the market in 2017, accounting for around 19% of the total market.
Natural gas distribution companies are using advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) technology to better monitor and maintain assets and infrastructure. AMI is an integrated system of smart meters, communication systems and data management systems. AMI improves meter reading, cuts incremental costs and reduces the need for estimated billing. It also helps to obtain real-time insights and analysis on the entire distribution network to detect corrosion and leaks.
The natural gas distribution market is segmented into Industrial and Commercial, and Household.
The Industrial and Commercial segment includes natural gas used for industrial and commercial purposes such as steam generation, metal casting, metal tempering, electricity generation and as a fuel for commercial vehicles.
The Household segment includes natural gas used for household applications such as heating, cooking, drying and in gas fires.