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Sulfur Recovery Technology Market By Technology (Claus Process, Tail Gas Treatment, Others), By Source Of Recovery (Oil & Gas, Other), By Capacity (‘Up To 100 t/d’, 101-200 t/d (tons per day), 201-300 t/d (Tons Per Day), ‘Above 300 t/d’ (Tons Per Day)) - Growth, Future Prospects & Competitive Analysis, 2018 – 2026

Industry Outlook

Sulfur Recovery Technology Market is expected to reach US$ 3,402.3 Mn by 2026 with 9.0% CAGR during the forecast period from 2018 to 2026. In 2017, Asia Pacific led the Sulfur Recovery Technology Market and is estimated to be the fastest growing region between 2018 and 2026.

Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) has its presence in a number of gaseous waste streams from oil refineries, natural gas plants and wastewater treatment among other processes. These streams usually contain sulfur, water vapor, carbon dioxide, trace quantities of hydrocarbons and ammonia. Waste gases with ammonia and sulfur are termed as sour gases, whereas those without the presence of ammonia are referred to as acid gases. These waste streams are used to recover sulfur just before flaring them. Sulfur recovery from sour or acid gas involves application of the Claus Process using the reaction between hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide (produced in the Claus Process furnace from the combustion of H2S with air and/or oxygen). This reaction yields elemental sulfur and water vapor. The conventional sulfur recovery process (Claus Thermal Stage and Claus Catalytic Stage) is based upon the extraction of sulfur by in-situ condensation within the Claus Reactor. The laws pertaining to air pollution are stringent. Based on these laws lower grade fuel is required to be refined with minimum sulfur concentration. This is one of the prime factors which is expected to drive the global Sulfur Recovery Technology Market.

Some of the major advancements in the Claus Process to achieve up to 99.99% of sulfur recovery are: application of absorptive water separation process in the catalytic reactor stage, cold bed absorption (CBD) process applied at low temperatures (below sulfur dew point temperature) to achieve 97-99.5% sulfur recovery and the modified Claus Process with tail gas clean up unit (TGCU) used for very high sulfur recovery as per necessity. With these advancements, the overall sulfur recovery of up to 99.5 to 99.9% is possible.

Market Synopsis, Value (US$ Mn)

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"Claus Process Technology Segment dominated the Sulfur Recovery Technology Market"

The SRU’s are used to derive elemental sulfur from the oil and gas refining. H₂S is combusted in the ‘Reaction Furnace’ to form SO₂. The H₂S and SO₂ then react at an approximate ratio of 2:1 (2 parts of H₂S and 1 part of SO₂) to form elemental Sulfur in the Claus Reactors. After each catalytic stage, liquid sulfur is recovered in various Claus Condensers. The remaining unreacted SO₂ and H₂S is then passed to the next stage, in which the equilibrium-limited Claus reaction basically continues with the presence of Claus catalyst. These tail gases are further processed to recover remaining sulfur by a process called as tail gas processing or tail gas incineration. Incineration is an oxidation process to convert SOx in to elemental sulfur. Trend shows that a two-bed catalytic claus plant can attain 94% to 96% efficiency. Range of recoveries varies from 96% to 97.5% for three-bed catalytic plant whereas range from 97% to 98.5% for a four-bed catalytic plant. At normal pressures and operating temperatures, the Claus reaction is basically thermodynamically limited to the range between 97% to 98% recovery. Tail gas from the Claus plant still contains 0.8% to 1.5% sulfur compounds. The Claus Process is the primary method of sulfur recovery. Before the Paris Agreement on Climate Change which concluded in December 2015, most of the refineries globally had infrastructure with single stage Claus plant for sulfur recovery. This is capable of recovering up to 92% of sulfur depending on the internal processes involved. With stricter environmental regulations now in place, there is a requirement of single stage Claus plants to expand into corresponding multi-stage plants. All this capacity expansion is to achieve 99.5-99.90% of sulfur recovery from the feed stream.

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"Oil and Gas Identified as the Dominant Source of Recovery Segment in 2017"

Sulfur is mainly recovered from crude oil and natural gas processing. Sulfur recovery from oil & gas market is witnessing the upward swing as it is the largest source of sulfur and is expected to maintain its dominance throughout the forecast period. With an objective to minimize sulfur concentrations in various refined products, sulfur is basically recovered during refining operations with the help of various technologies. Low concentrations of sulfur that finds application in fuel gases are compulsory to comply with emission standards for process boilers, heaters, and flue gases. Environmental pressure for reducing the sulfur emission is also contributing to the market growth of sulfur recovery technology in oil & gas industry. For instance, to meet U.S. environmental standards for sulfur emission, 99.8% of sulfur must be recovered from natural gas processing. Claus Process and tail gas treating processes are the most preferred process to achieve the aforementioned recovery levels.

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"‘Up to 100 t/d’ (tons per day) Expected to be the Largest Capacity Segment in 2017"

The SRU’s in the refineries have sulfur recovery/removal capacity of 5 t/d to 60 t/d. These refineries are equipped with single stage Claus Process for recovery/removal of sulfur from the feed stream. ‘Up to 100 t/d’ recovery of sulfur falls under this segment. The smaller capacity sulfur recovery plants generally require additional space for accommodation of separate plants to meet the existing mandate of nearly 99.90% sulfur free output. These plants may incur a lot of interruptions in the existing facility and least interruption in sulfur recovery process is what is desired in sulfur recovery plants

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"Asia Pacific is the Largest Region in the Global Sulfur Recovery Technology Market"

Asia Pacific is the most attractive market because of healthy growth rate and increasing environmental concerns and government regulations in the region. High growth potential for the development of sulfur recovery technology is observed in economies such as India, China, Malaysia, South Korea and Indonesia. China and India are the largest markets for sulfur recovery technology in the Asia Pacific region, collectively contributing more than half of the regional demand. In 2017, China alone accounted for major market share of the regional demand of sulfur recovery technology market. In 2016, the average gravity of crude oil processed in the region is projected to decrease from 35.9 °API (The American Petroleum Institute gravity) to 35.4 °API in 2035 and corresponding sulfur content will increase from 1.02 wt% to 1.40 wt% in 2035. North America was the second largest market for sulfur recovery technology in 2017 and is expected to maintain its position throughout the forecast period. Increasing concern about the sulfur content in processed fuels and natural gas is leading to tighter regulation and more stringent standards for sulfur emission from processing facilities in North America. The presence of large multinationals is making sulfur recovery systems more accessible to the end-users. Moreover, the launch of new technologies and systems with higher percentage of recovery is stimulating the market growth.

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"Mergers and Acquisitions are the Key Strategies Adopted by the manufacturers" 

Key players operating in the global sulfur recovery technology market includes Royal Dutch Shell, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., Exxon Mobil, The Linde Group, Chiyoda Corporation, and John Wood Group Plc. On 1st March 2016, Fluor Corp. acquired the Netherland based Stork Holding B.V. which is a global provider of modification, maintenance and asset integrity services. Through this, Fluor can strengthen its market position in geographies such as U.K, Continental Europe, the Middle East, Asia-Pacific and the Americas. On 9th October, 2017, John Wood Group PLC which is a global leader in delivery of engineering, project and technical services to industrial and energy markets acquired Amec foster Wheeler.

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Historical & Forecast Period

This research considers 2017 as the base year and presents analysis of segments from 2016 to 2026. In addition, forecast period from 2018 to 2026 is considered for Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) calculation for each respective segment.

Report Scope by Segments

Sulfur Recovery Technology Market report represents understanding about the current market dynamics and strategies. It also focuses on quantitative and qualitative analysis of the overall market. The report covers the global sulfur recovery technology market by categorizing the market in terms of technology, source of recovery, capacity and geography. Publishing this broad research report aims to aid the sulfur recovery technology market stakeholders and professionals in assisting strategic initiatives and decisions in the sulfur recovery technology market.

Research Period  2016-2026
Base Year 2017
Forecast Period  2018-2026
Historical Year  2016
Unit  USD Million

 Technology Segment (2016–2026; US$ Mn)
 • Claus Process
 • Tail Gas Treatment
 • Others (Tail Gas Incineration, Liquid Redox Sulfur Removal & Recovery Combustion Gas SOx Removal, etc.)

 Source of Recovery Segment (2016–2026; US$ Mn)
 • Oil and Gas
 • Others (Sulfur Mining, Coal Gasification, etc.)

 Capacity Segment (2016–2026; US$ Mn)
 • Up-to 100 t/d
 • 101-200 t/d
 • 201-300 t/d
 • Above 300 t/d

 Geography Segment (2016–2026; US$ Mn)
 • North America (United States and Canada)
 • Europe (U.K., Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Rest of Europe)
 • Asia Pacific (China, India, Japan, Rest of Asia Pacific)
 • Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Rest of Latin America)
 • Middle East and Africa (Saudi Arabia, Rest of MEA)

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  • Who are the distributors, traders and dealers of sulfur recovery technology Market?
  • What are expected largest technology, source of recovery and capacity segments in the market during the forecast period from 2018 to 2026?
  • What are the fastest growing segments in the market for the forecast period?
  • What are the current market trends in the sulfur recovery technology market and valuable opportunities for the players?
  • How the regulatory framework affects the global as well as the regional markets?
  • Which are the key players operating in the global market and what are the strategies adopted by them?
  • What are sales, revenue, business strategy and product portfolio of top manufacturers of sulfur recovery technology market?
  • What is the market size and trend in emerging and developed markets?
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Published Date:  Sep 2018
Category:  Chemicals
Report ID:   59299
Report Format:   PDF
Pages:   120
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