The market for liquid and gas fuelled power generation is expected to remain challenging as economic uncertainty continues. Despite slower economic growth in the emerging markets, growth in electricity demand and the availability of international funding for infrastructure projects will continue to support power plant investments. In the industrialised countries, the low economic growth continues to limit demand for new power plants, except for in North America where the market situation is more positive for gas-fired power plants. The megatrend towards renewables is evident, with investments expected to favour utility scale solar PV installations. Furthermore, distributed, flexible, gas-fired power generation continues to gain ground globally. Electricity markets are being developed to reward the necessary flexibility, thereby enabling new profitable investments. Wärtsilä’s systematic market development work in these markets will continue to bring forward the benefits of Smart Power Generation.
The outlook for the shipping and shipbuilding markets remains challenging. Overcapacity continues to limit demand for new vessels in the merchant segment, while low oil prices are impacting investments in offshore exploration and development. In the gas carrier markets, the demand for LNG carriers is under pressure due to supply-demand imbalances and low gas prices. The high number of scheduled deliveries is also creating pressure for LPG carrier contracting, despite the strong growth in LPG demand in Asia. Fleet renewal, potential implementation of new emission regulations, and favourable newbuilding prices are expected to support contracting for passenger ferries. The outlook for cruise vessels remains positive due to an anticipated increase in Asian passenger traffic. The importance of fuel efficiency and environmental regulations are clearly visible, driving interest in environmental solutions, gas as a marine fuel, as well as electric/hybrid solutions.
The service market outlook is positive with growth opportunities in selected regions and segments. An increase in the installed base of medium-speed engines and propulsion equipment, as well as the shift to gas based technology, offsets the slower service demand for older installations and the uncertainty regarding short-term demand development in the merchant marine segment. In the offshore segment, the growth in the installed base during recent years is expected to partially compensate for the challenging outlook in certain regions. The service outlook for gas fuelled vessels remains favourable. Service demand in the power plant segment continues to be good with an especially positive outlook in the Middle East and Africa. Customers in both the marine and power plant markets continue to show healthy interest in long-term service agreements.