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Gas Supply in the UK: Market Research Report

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Gas Supply Market Research Report | SIC D35.230 | Nov 2016

Under pressure: Intense competition has forced operators to reduce their retail prices

IBISWorld’s Gas Supply market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Centrica plc Centrica plc market share
E.ON UK plc E.ON UK plc market share
EDF SA EDF SA market share
RWE AG RWE AG market share
ScottishPower UK plc ScottishPower UK plc market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Fluctuating gas prices have caused significant revenue volatility in recent years
  • Revenue has contracted recently due to warm weather and a range of price cuts
  • Fracking could considerably affect industry revenue and may boost profit margins
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Companies in the Gas Supply industry purchase gas from the wholesale market and sell it to end users via the distribution network. Gas is used mainly for heating, but also to produce electricity. Wholesale prices are closely linked to trends in global markets because the United Kingdom is increasingly dependent on imported gas, as domestic supplies in the North Sea and the East Irish Sea dwindle. The industry's performance is also affected by weather trends. Colder weather increases demand for gas for heating purposes, while warmer weather reduces demand for heating, which weakens industry revenue. Industry revenue is expected to decrease at a compound annual rate of 0.4% over the five years through 2016-17 to reach £14.3 billion... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

The Gas Supply industry is in the mature phase of its life cycle. However, consumption has been falling since the onset of the recession. Revenue has been somewhat shielded from falling sales volumes by the increasing retail price of gas, arising from the volatile and upward trending wholesale price of gas. As a result, industry value added is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 1.1% over the 10 years through 2021-22. GDP growth is expected to be 2.3% per year over the same period.

The industry's products and major players are well established, while sales volumes are likely to be limited over the next five years due to energy conservation measures. Developments surrounding fracking are likely to have a large bearing on long-term revenue trends. If .. purchase to read more

Additional Insights for the Gas Supply Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Gas Supply Industry are

  • Ability to pass on cost increases
  • Access to required utility infrastructure
  • Economies of scale
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as World price of natural gas and Average maximum temperature in the Gas Supply industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Gas Supply Industry?

    Firms in the industry purchase gas from the wholesale market and sell it to end users via the distribution network.

    Industry Products
    Gas retailing
    Industry Activities
    Retail sale of gas

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • World price of natural gas
  • Average maximum temperature
  • Number of households
  • Business capital expenditure
  • Current Performance
  • Regulating volatility
  • Insulation from price rises
  • Independent suppliers
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Environmental fracas
  • Higher prices
  • Monitoring gas usage
  • Table: Gas Supply Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Gas Supply Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Electricity Production
  • Gas Distribution
  • Consumers
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Gas Distribution
  • Natural Gas Extraction
  • Products & Services
  • Gas retailing
  • Chart: Gas Supply Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Households
  • Electricity generation
  • Manufacturing and industrial premises
  • Other
  • Commercial and government premises
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Gas Supply Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Gas Supply
  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Gas Supply Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Centrica plc
    E.ON UK plc
    SSE plc
    RWE Generation UK Holdings plc
    ScottishPower UK plc
    EDF Energy Holdings Ltd
  • Table: Centrica plc - financial performance
  • Table: E.ON UK plc - financial performance
  • Table: SSE plc - financial performance
  • Table: RWE Generation UK Holdings plc - financial performance
  • Table: ScottishPower UK plc - financial performance
  • Table: EDF Energy Holdings Ltd - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Gas Supply Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth
  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Gas Supply Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
    Hydraulic Fracturing
  • A method of extracting natural gas by fracturing rock with pressurised liquid. It is often known as fracking.
  • Niaur
  • Stands for Northern Ireland Authority For Utility Regulation, which is the authority that regulates the industry in Northern Ireland.
  • Ofgem
  • Stands for the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets, which is the authority that regulates the industry in Great Britain.
  • Smart Meter
  • An electrical meter that is fitted in households and business premises and records the level of gas and electrical consumption.
  • Wellbore
  • A hole drilled to aid in the exploration and recovery of natural gas

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    This report on Gas Supply:
    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
    • Helps you understand market dynamics to give you a deeper understanding of industry competition and the supply chain.
    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
    The Gas Supply market research report includes:
    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
    • And of course, much more

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