NSR Press Releases

Energy Satcom Markets Facing Slow Return to Growth

NSR Report Finds Energy Satcom to Reach $1.6 Billion by 2027 


Cambridge, MA – April 25, 2018 – NSR’s Energy Markets via Satellite, 7th Edition report, released today, forecasts the major energy markets to yield nearly $1.6 Billion in Retail Revenues by 2027, up from $900M today.  Requiring 80 transponders of FSS capacity and 3.5 Gbps of HTS capacity spread across nearly 280,000 FSS, HTS, and MSS In-Service units for the global Energy Markets, the outlook for Energy SATCOM connectivity is slowly improving.  Although revenue growth remains in the low single-digits over much of the forecast period, by 2027 Oil & Gas (the largest opportunity by nearly any metric) remains nearly double the size of both the Mining and Utility segments.  Bottom Line, market instability is largely behind the Energy Markets, with a slow return to growth expected over the next ten years.

“It is hard to underestimate the impact the past 12 months have had within the Energy Markets,” states Brad Grady, report author.  “End-user asset oversupply in the O&G sector, commodity pricing instability for Mining and its impact on natural gas pricing for Utility generation, and political instability in core production markets have all seriously disrupted the status quo.  In turn, O&G companies, Mining Players, and Electrical Utilities have all re-analyzed how they do business – putting pricing pressures on suppliers and introducing more technology-centric workflows into remote operations.  Satellite Service Providers have been at the forefront of this dynamic change, helping customers introduce HTS in both GEO and Non-GEO to provide throughput and cost advantages, while leveraging capacity pricing changes to keep site of their own financials,” states Grady.  The key finding, for major energy markets, is these changes have brought more capacity online without a 1:1 increase in capacity costs.

Offshore Oil & Gas will bear the brunt of these changing dynamics, since end-user expectations are more throughput, with minimal pricing increases.  Mining markets continue to be a challenging play; however, the ongoing pricing decline of satellite capacity and digitization efforts across all segments of the lifecycle will propel the Mining market to double service revenue growth over the next ten years.  Utilities will more than double their demand for satellite services, with double-digit growth rates expected from 2017 to 2027 as “smart grid” and “utility-scale” generation continue to grow.


About the Report

Energy Markets via Satellite, 7th Edition expands on previous coverage of the Energy Markets.  Adding a “by Vessel” view of the Offshore O&G sector, a deeper split of the Mining markets into Exploration & Construction, and Production & Closure, and a revised outlook on the pipeline addressable markets, the report continues NSR’s industry-leading coverage of the energy sector.  Focusing on In-service Units, Revenues, and Capacity Demand across FSS, GEO-HTS, Non-GEO HTS, and MSS capacity the report dives-deep into the trends, drivers, and restraints behind each segment.

For additional information on this report, including a full table of contents, list of exhibits and executive summary, please visit www.nsr.com or call NSR at +1-617-674-7743.


About NSR

NSR is the leading global market research and consulting firm focused on the satellite and space sectors. NSR’s global team, unparalleled coverage and anticipation of trends with a higher degree of confidence and precision than the competition is the cornerstone of all NSR offerings. First to market coverage and a transparent, dependable approach sets NSR apart as the key provider of critical insight to the satellite and space industries. Contact us at info@nsr.com to discuss how we can assist your business.