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Hydrodesulfurization Catalyst Market

Hydrodesulfurization Catalyst Market Size, Share, Competitive Landscape and Trend Analysis Report by Type and Application : Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2021-2028

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Author's: Chidanand Bilagi| Nikhil Mittal | Eswara Prasad
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Hydrodesulfurization Catalyst Market Outlook - 2021–2028

The global hydrodesulfurization catalyst market forecast was valued at $2.64 billion in 2020, and is projected to reach $3.66 billion by 2028, growing at a CAGR of 4.30% from 2021 to 2028.

Hydrodesulfurization is a chemical process that involves removal of sulfur compounds from petroleum products such as gasoline, jet fuel, fuel oils, and petrol. Catalysts that are used during hydrodesulfurization process are collectively termed as hydrodesulfurization catalysts. Gasoline, jet fuel, fuel oils, and petrol catalysts are used in automotive vehicles, aircraft, locomotives, ships, oil power plants, residential, and industrial furnaces. Use of hydrodesulfurization catalysts aid in removal of sulfur content, which reduces sulfur dioxide emissions. Platinum and rhenium are widely used noble catalysts in catalytic reforming units to upgrade naphtha streams. However, presence of low concentration of sulfur in naphtha stream leads to poisoning of these noble catalysts. Thus, hydrodesulfurization catalysts are widely adopted to overcome degradation and poisoning of noble catalysts by removing sulfur content from naphtha stream. 

Global-Hydrodesulfurization-Catalyst-Market

The global energy need is increasing day by day. Crude oil being one of the most important energy producers is contributing around 70% of the total global energy needs. Refineries across the globe are maximizing their refining capacities to meet growing need of population. Countries such as China and India are witnessing increase in refining capacities, owing to rise in demand among transportation, infrastructure, and other sectors. According to a report published by the organization of petroleum exporting countries (OPEC), there will be increase in desulfurization catalysts among refining units worldwide in the future. For instance, Axens SA and Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) signed an agreement on February 16, 2021 for addition of hydrodesulfurization catalysts to increase its oil refining capacity from 3MMTPA to 9MMTPA (million metric tons per annum). In addition, environmental regulations are predicted to escalate demand for global hydrodesulfurization catalyst in the forecast period. These are the major hydrodesulfurization catalyst market growth factors in the forecast period. However, prices of crude oil are controlled by oil traders, current oil supply, and future supply & demand. These factors make crude oil a highly volatile commodity. Moreover, natural and man-made disasters have great influence on price fluctuations of oil. For instance, owing to the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, factories and manufacturing sites went on a complete shutdown that has declined the global oil demand. In addition, many plants were closed or either are running at reduced rates, which may affect demand for hydrodesulfurization catalysts.

On the contrary, the market for Middle East and other oil-producing economies requires crude oil and its distillates with low sulfur content. Significant characteristics of nanomaterials such as enlarged surface area, ideal adsorption, improved mixing, high activity, and easy separation make it a perfect choice for hydrodesulfurization catalysis process. In addition, use of nanomaterials enhances reaction rates and thus, improves fuel efficiency by effectively lowering sulfur content. This factor is anticipated to offer remunerative opportunities for expansion of the global hydrodesulfurization catalyst market.

The global hydrodesulfurization catalyst market analysis is done on the basis of type, application, and region. Depending on type, the hydrodesulfurization catalyst market is segregated into cobalt-molybdenum, nickel-based, and others. By application, it is segmented into natural gas, naphtha, diesel oil, and others. On the basis of region, it is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA. Presently, Asia-Pacific garners largest share in the global hydrodesulfurization catalyst market, followed by North America and Europe. Major companies profiled in this report include Advanced Refining Technologies LLC, Albemarle Corporation, Axens SA, BASF SE, China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation (Sinopec), Clariant AG, Dorf Ketal Specialty Catalysts LLC, Haldor Topsoe, JGC Catalysts & Chemicals Ltd., and Johnson Matthey PLC.

Hydrodesulfurization Catalyst Market, by region

The Asia-Pacific hydrodesulfurization catalyst market size is projected to grow at the highest CAGR of 5.20% during the forecast period and accounted for 32.67% of hydrodesulfurization catalyst market share in 2020. Hydrodesulfurization catalysts are used in a wide variety of applications such as sulfur absorption, promoter, biofuel blending, fluid catalytic cracking (FCC), and hydrotreating. Utilization of hydrodesulfurization catalysts in sectors such as transportation, biofuel production, refinery expansion, and emission control is the major growth factor for this region.

Hydrodesulfurization Catalyst Market
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Asia-pacific 
North America
Europe
LAMEA

Asia-Pacific would exhibit highest CAGR of 5.20% during 2021-2028.

Hydrodesulfurization Catalyst Market, by type

In 2020, the cobalt-molybdenum segment was the largest revenue generator segment, and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 4.5% during the forecast period. Cobalt & molybdenum-based hydrodesulfurization catalysts are recognized as excellent catalysts used for sulfur removal from natural gas, naphtha, and diesel. It possesses various significant properties such as high activity, high octane occupancy, pretreatment, and fuel impregnation. However, the nickel-based catalyst segment is predicted to grow with a CAGR of 4.1%, owing to its significant characteristic properties such as high activity, improved hydrorefining, thermal stability, and increased pore space, making it suitable for removal of nearly 98% sulfur content from crude oil & its distillates.

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Cobalt Molybdenum hydrodesulfurization catalyst type is the most lucrative segment

Hydrodesulfurization Catalyst Market, by application

In 2020, the diesel oil segment was the largest revenue-generating segment, and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 4.0% during the forecast period, while the natural gas segment is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 5.3% during the forecast period. 

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Natural gas application is projected as the fastest growing segment

Key benefits for stakeholders

  • Porter’s five forces analysis helps analyze potential of buyers & suppliers and the competitive scenario of the industry for strategy building.
  • It outlines the current hydrodesulfurization catalyst market trends and future estimations from 2020 to 2028 to understand prevailing opportunities and potential investment pockets.
  • Major countries in the region have been mapped according to their individual revenue contribution to the regional market.
  • The key drivers, restraints, and opportunities and their detailed impact analysis are explained in the study.
  • The profiles of key players and their key strategic developments are enlisted in the report.

Impact Of Covid-19 On The Global Hydrodesulfurization Catalyst Market

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected the global economy and is subsequently shrinking GDP of global economies, thereby changing consumer spending patterns globally.
  • Oil & gas sector is the major consumer of hydrodesulfurization catalysts. There are several challenges put forward by COVID-19 pandemic on the oil & gas sector, owing to fluctuating crude oil prices, failed agreements on production cuts, and slowing down of refined products from industrial sectors. For instance, according to a publication by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), there was a decline in production of crude oil by 9.7 million barrels in May 2020 in Russia.
  • International Oil Companies (IOCs), indigenous oil & gas and chemicals companies are subsequently cutting down their capital and operational expenditures, which affects production of crude oil and other products. Thus, demand of hydrodesulfurization catalysts has increased amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Other major consumers of hydrodesulfurization catalysts include naphtha refining, natural gas, jet fuels, marine fuels, heating oils, and low sulfur fuel oils (LSFO). Disruption in value chain, unavailability of raw material due to travel restrictions, and temporary closure of manufacturing plants has negatively impacted naphtha refineries, jet fuel manufacturers, and heating oil manufactures.
  • Moreover, there are several refineries that have closed their bulk manufacturing plants, owing to decrease in demand for oil products. For instance, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), there were about a dozen refinery closures in the U.S. and production has been cut down by 1bpd in the U.S. 
  • Another major consumer of hydrodesulfurization catalyst are natural gas manufacturers. Natural gas demand has also been affected amid COVID-19 pandemic, which is attributed to reduced consumption of gas and city gas distribution. For instance, according to a report by S & P global, India witnessed natural gas downfall by 40% in January 2021.  

Key market segments

By Type

  • Cobalt- Molybdenum 
  • Nickel-Based
  • Others

By Application

  • Natural Gas
  • Naphtha 
  • Diesel Oil
  • Others

By Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • U.K.
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Australia
    • Rest of Asia-Pacific
  • LAMEA
    • Brazil
    • Saudi Arabia
    • South Africa
    • Rest of LAMEA

Key players in the global hydrodesulfurization catalyst market are:

  • Advanced Refining Technologies LLC 
  • Albemarle Corporation 
  • Axens SA 
  • BASF SE
  • China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation (Sinopec)
  • Clariant AG
  • Dorf Ketal Specialty Catalysts LLC
  • Haldor Topsoe
  • JGC Catalysts & Chemicals Ltd.
  • Johnson Matthey PLC

Hydrodesulfurization Catalyst Market Report Highlights

Aspects Details
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By TYPE
  • Cobalt-Molybdenum Catalyst
  • Nickel Based Catalyst
  • Others
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By APPLICATION
  • Natural gas
  • Naphtha
  • Diesel oil
  • Others
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By Region
  • North America  (U.S., Canada, Mexico)
  • Europe  (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK, Russia, Rest of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific  (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • LAMEA  (Brazil, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Argentina, Rest of LAMEA)
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Key Market Players

Haldor Topsoe, Dorf Ketal Specialty Catalysts LLC, Albemarle Corporation, JGC Catalysts & Chemicals Ltd., Clariant AG, China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation (Sinopec), Advanced Refining Technologies LLC, Axens SA, BASF Catalysts, Johnson Matthey PLC

Analyst Review

The global hydrodesulfurization catalyst market is expected to exhibit high growth potential as hydrodesulfurization catalysts play an essential role in extraction of natural gas, naphtha, diesel oil, and jet fuels. In addition, hydrodesulfurization catalysts are employed in other applications such as marine fuels, heating oils, and low sulfur fuel oils (LSFO), which is predicted to offer lucrative growth opportunities in the future. These catalysts possess excellent properties such as reduced emission, increased effectiveness, enhanced cleaning properties, and extreme pressure load, which makes them a perfect choice for sulfur removal purposes. Utilization of desulfurized diesel oil in sectors such as emission control, transportation, automotive, and power plants is another major factor favorable for growth of the global market. In addition, stringent fuel emission guidelines have been laid by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and International Maritime Organization (IMO) to reduce sulfur content in diesel oil by up to 10ppm (parts per million), which is expected to augment growth of the global hydrodesulfurization catalyst market. 

Developing economies such as China and India are witnessing increase in demand for heavy transport vehicles. These vehicles require fuel oils with considerably low sulfur content to reduce emissions caused during burning of fuel. Hydrodesulfurization catalysts are widely used in lowering sulfur content of fuel oils used in heavy transport vehicles. This is not only gaining immense attention in the market but is also emerging as a key strategy in terms of gaining additional market demand. Moreover, utilization of desulfurized diesel oil in sectors such as emission control, transportation, automotive, and power plants is the key market trend. For instance, according to the environmental impact assessment (EIA), demand for ultra-low sulfur diesel oil in the U.S. has increased to 1,698,781 thousand gallons in 2019, owing to rise in demand in the transportation sector. 

Author Name(s) : Chidanand Bilagi| Nikhil Mittal | Eswara Prasad
Frequently Asked Questions?

Rise in number of refineries and growing number of environmental regulations are the key factors that are boosting the demand of hydrodesulfurization catalyst market

The hydrodesulfurization catalyst market size is projected to reach $3,657.01 million by 2028.

Advanced Refining Technologies LLC, Albemarle Corporation, Axens SA, BASF SE, China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation (Sinopec), Clariant AG, Dorf Ketal Specialty Catalysts LLC, Haldor Topsoe, JGC Catalysts & Chemicals Ltd., and Johnson Matthey PLC are the top companies in the hydrodesulfurization catalyst industry

Natural gas industry is projected to increase the demand of hydrodesulfurization catalyst market

Cobalt-Molybdenum segment accounted for largest hydrodesulfurization catalyst market share.

The global energy need is increasing day by day. Crude oil being one of the most important energy producers is contributing around 70% of the global energy needs. The refineries across the globe are maximizing their reining capacities to meet the growing need of the population. Countries such as China, India, and others are witnessing an increase in refining capacities owing to the rise in demand among transportation, infrastructure and other sectors. It is the major growth factor in the hydrodesulfurization catalyst market.

Natural gas and diesel oil applications are expected to drive the adoption of hydrodesulfurization catalyst.

COVID-19 has impacted negatively on the hydrodesulfurization catalyst market. This is attributed due to • The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected the global economy and is subsequently shrinking GDP of global economies, thereby changing consumer spending patterns globally. • Oil & gas sector is the major consumer of hydrodesulfurization catalysts. There are several challenges put forward by COVID-19 pandemic on the oil & gas sector, owing to fluctuating crude oil prices, failed agreements on production cuts, and slowing down of refined products from industrial sectors. For instance, according to a publication by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), there was a decline in production of crude oil by 9.7 million barrels in May 2020 in Russia. • International Oil Companies (IOCs), indigenous oil & gas and chemicals companies are subsequently cutting down their capital and operational expenditures, which affects production of crude oil and other products. Thus, demand of hydrodesulfurization catalysts has increased amid the COVID-19 pandemic. • Other major consumers of hydrodesulfurization catalysts include naphtha refining, natural gas, jet fuels, marine fuels, heating oils, and low sulfur fuel oils (LSFO). Disruption in value chain, unavailability of raw material due to travel restrictions, and temporary closure of manufacturing plants has negatively impacted naphtha refineries, jet fuel manufacturers, and heating oil manufactures. • Moreover, there are several refineries that have closed their bulk manufacturing plants, owing to decrease in demand for oil products. For instance, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), there were about a dozen refinery closures in the U.S. and production has been cut down by 1bpd in the U.S. • Another major consumer of hydrodesulfurization catalyst are natural gas manufacturers. Natural gas demand has also been affected amid COVID-19 pandemic, which is attributed to reduced consumption of gas and city gas distribution. For instance, according to a report by S & P global, India witnessed natural gas downfall by 40% in January 2021.

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Hydrodesulfurization Catalyst Market

Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2021-2028