January 10, 2014
The need to replace old, fragile transmission and distribution (T&D) power infrastructure and inject more power into the grid is pushing electricity utilities across Southeast Asia to strengthen and expand the T&D power infrastructure. Poor grid connectivity to remote villages too is compelling electricity utilities to lay out comprehensive plans to extend electricity to new regions. As a result, the T&D substation market in the region is expected to see sustained growth.
New analysis from Frost and Sullivan, Analysis of the Southeast Asia Transmission and Distribution Substation Market, finds that the market earned revenues of US$2.06 billion in 2013 and estimates this to reach US$2.72 billion in 2018. Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines are the fastest growing markets in the region.
"The privatisation of the distribution grids in Cambodia and the Philippines, and the expected privatisation of grids in Vietnam is likely to attract private investors toward T&D power grid projects," said Frost & Sullivan Energy & Environmental Senior Research Analyst Avanthika Satheesh.
"The support extended by the Asian Development Bank, JICA and World Bank to implement grid expansion projects will further fuel the demand for T&D substation equipment across Southeast Asia," she added.
However, several T&D projects are delayed owing to financial constraints and inertia in payouts by the electricity utility - the centralised authority that owns and manages the T&D grids in most countries. Laws on land acquisition, which require project developers to obtain registered land for transmission line construction, also stall T&D implementation and limit substation equipment market growth.
In addition, regulations requiring the inclusion of local content in T&D projects are hampering foreign company participation in certain countries. For instance, in Malaysia and Indonesia, foreign bidders must ensure that a minimum percentage of the project value is contributed by locally produced products. The Malaysian market is particularly unattractive for foreign multinational companies as they are also restricted from bidding for engineering procurement construction services.
"To satisfy the local content regulation, many foreign substation equipment manufacturers are partnering with local companies. For instance, Crompton Greaves entered into a joint venture with Prima Layanan Nasional Enjinring in 2013 to manufacture high voltage switchgears in Indonesia," noted Satheesh.
"Vendors are also offering a wide range of products, excellent after-sales support, and striking good relationships with utilities so as to strengthen their presence in the Southeast Asia T&D substation market," she said.
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