Transformer Oil Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Transformer Oil Market is Segmented by Type (Mineral-Based, Silicone-Based, and Bio-Based), Application (Transformer, Switchgear, Circuit breaker, Capacitor, and Other Applications), End-user Industry (Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution, Railways and Metros, and Other End-user industries), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East and Africa). The report offers market size and forecasts for transformer oil in volume (Million Liters) for all the above segments.

Market Snapshot

Market Summary
Study Period: 2017-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia-Pacific
Largest Market: Asia-Pacific
CAGR: >5 %

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Market Overview

The Global Transformer Oil Market is projected to register a CAGR of over 5% during the forecast period (2022-2027).

The market was negatively impacted by COVID-19 in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic affected the transformer oil market negatively because of disruption in the supply chain. During the pandemic, many factories responsible for production were shut down. Further, there was a decline in demand for power required for various activities, thereby decreasing the demand for the market. However, the market is gradually returning to pre-COVID levels.

  • Over the short term, the growing electric grids in the Asia Pacific region and the upgradation and replacement of existing transformers in developed economies are some of the driving factors which are stimulating the market demand.
  • Environmental concerns regarding the usage of mineral transformer oil and fluctuations in crude oil prices are hindering the market's growth.
  • The growing demand for bio-based transformer oils is likely to create opportunities for the market in the coming years.
  • Asia-Pacific region is expected to dominate the market and is also likely to witness the highest CAGR during the forecast period.

Scope of the Report

Transformer oils are used to serve two critical functions which include, suppression of arcing and dissipation of heat generated in transformers. Further, they also provide insulation and stabilization of chemicals. Transformer oils provide enhanced electrical insulation and high-temperature stability and also prevent oxidation. The transformer oil market is segmented by type, application, end-user industry, and geography. By Type, the market is segmented into Mineral-Based, Silicone-Based, and Bio-Based. By Application, the market is segmented into Transformer, Switchgear, Circuit breaker, Capacitor, and Other Applications. By End-user Industry, the market is segmented into Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution, Railway and Metros, and Other End-user industries. The report also covers the market size and forecasts for the transformer oil market in 15 countries across major regions. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done on the basis of volume (Million Liters).

Circuit breaker
Other Applications
End-user Industry
Power Generation
Transmission and Distribution
Railways and Metros
Other End-user Industries
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South America
Rest of South America
Middle-East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Transformer Application to Dominate the Market

  • Transformer oil is used in transformers to preserve the transformer’s core and windings. They also serve the purpose of preventing oxidation of the insulation. The transformer oil acts as a barrier between the atmospheric oxygen and the insulation, thereby avoiding direct contact and hence minimizing oxidation. Transformers are used in power transmission plants.
  • China is the world’s largest electricity producer. The country’s top two utility operators are making large investments in green energy. The country is focusing on increasing its grid networks through ultrahigh-voltage (UHV) power transmission networks.
  • The State Grid Corp of China announced plans to invest USD 79 billion in domestic grid construction in 2022, an increase of 9 % year on year compared to 2021. Over the next 5 years, the company plans to build 38 UHV lines.
  • Similarly, the other major utility operator, China Southern Power Grid, announced that it would invest CNY 670 billion in grid construction between 2021 to 2025 to ensure power supply stability and increase green power consumption. Such growth of electric grids in China is increasing the demand for transformer oil in the country.
  • In January 2022, the cabinet committee on economic affairs (CCEA) of India approved the second phase of the green energy corridor scheme where around 10,750 circuit kilometers (ckm) of transmission lines and around 27,500 mega volt-amperes (MVA) of sub-station capacity will be installed for renewable energy projects across the country.
  • Japan is considering doubling its inter-regional power grid capacity to facilitate the expansion of renewable energy. This is in accordance with its goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
  • Owing to all these factors, the market for transmission oil is likely to grow globally during the forecast period.
Transformer Oil Market - Segmentation Trends

Asia-Pacific Region to Dominate the Market

  • The Asia-Pacific region has seen significant growth in the transformer oils market, with countries such as China and India accounting for significant consumption of transformer oil.
  • According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the demand for power in China is expected to grow at a rate of 4.5% from 2022-2024. In 2021, the country’s power generation volume increased by 8.1% year on year to 8, 112.2 Terra Watt Hours (TWh) after an increase of 11% in 2019.
  • Further, the Chinese government has announced to increase its renewable contribution in the power sector to 35% by 2030. Such factors are increasing the demand for transmission oils from the power generation sector of China.
  • India is the third-largest producer of electricity worldwide, and the growing population and increasing per capita electricity utilization are expected to drive the demand for power in the country.
  • In March 2022, National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) announced that it was ready to start partial power generation of 10 GW from a 92 MW floating solar energy plant being set up at NTPC's unit in Kerala. The company also announced that it will start commercial operations of 74.88 MW capacity of its 296 MW Fatehgarh solar project in Rajasthan. The growing power generation in India is increasing the demand for transformer oils.
  • With the growing power generation and the increasing electricity grids in the Asia Pacific region, the market are expected to drive the growth of transformer oils the forecast period.
Transformer Oil Market - Regional Trends

Competitive Landscape

The transformer oils market is partially consolidated in nature. Some of the major players in the market include Shell plc, China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation, Chevron Corporation, PETRONAS Lubricants International, and Nynas AB among others (not in any particular order).

Recent Developments

  • In December 2021, Cargill opened its first FR3 natural ester manufacturing facility in Guangdong province. The FR3 fluid is derived from 100% natural vegetable oil with performance-enhancing additives and has been proven to be readily biodegradable. FR3 fluid is better than mineral oil in overall cost savings, grid resiliency, transformer performance, fire safety, and environmental benefits.
  • In June 2021, Nynas announced that the company's NYTRO BIO 300X transformer oil product has received the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Certified Biobased Product label.
  • In May 2021, Calumet Specialty Products and Aeviatas Inc announced a partnership to provide premier transformer oil products to the Canadian market.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Growing Electric Grids in the Asia Pacific Region

      2. 4.1.2 Upgradation and Replacement of Existing Transformers in Developed Economies

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Environmental Concerns Regarding the Usage of Mineral Transformer Oil

      2. 4.2.2 Fluctuations in Crude Oil Prices

    3. 4.3 Industry Value-Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.4.5 Degree of Competition


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Mineral-Based

      2. 5.1.2 Silicone-Based

      3. 5.1.3 Bio-Based

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Transformer

      2. 5.2.2 Switchgear

      3. 5.2.3 Circuit breaker

      4. 5.2.4 Capacitor

      5. 5.2.5 Other Applications

    3. 5.3 End-user Industry

      1. 5.3.1 Power Generation

      2. 5.3.2 Transmission and Distribution

      3. 5.3.3 Railways and Metros

      4. 5.3.4 Other End-user Industries

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.4.2 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      3. 5.4.3 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. Italy

        4. France

        5. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.4.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Rest of South America

      5. 5.4.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. South Africa

        3. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Market Share (%)**/Ranking Analysis

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Cargill, Incorporated

      2. 6.4.2 Calumet Specialty Products Partners

      3. 6.4.3 Chevron Corporation

      4. 6.4.4 China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation

      5. 6.4.5 Exxon Mobil Corporation

      6. 6.4.6 Gulf Oil Middle East Ltd

      7. 6.4.7 LUBRITA Europe B.V.

      8. 6.4.8 Neste

      9. 6.4.9 Nynas AB

      10. 6.4.10 PETRONAS Lubricants International

      11. 6.4.11 Phillips 66 Company

      12. 6.4.12 Repsol


      14. 6.4.14 Shell plc

      15. 6.4.15 TotalEnergies

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Growing Demand for Bio-Based Transformer Oils

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Transformer Oil Market market is studied from 2017 - 2027.

The Transformer Oil Market is growing at a CAGR of >5% over the next 5 years.

Asia-Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Asia-Pacific holds highest share in 2021.

Shell plc, China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation, Chevron Coproration, PETRONAS Lubricants International, Nynas AB are the major companies operating in Transformer Oil Market.

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