Proppants are a solid material, usually sand or other granular substances, that are injected into the fractures to hold or keep fracture open created by hydraulic fracturing. Although, they have been used in oil and gas production for 70 years now, however, with the recent emergence of horizontal drilling technology with multistage hydraulic fracturing in shale gas extraction, has created new opportunities for the growth of the proppants market in the mid-2000s. Proppants are vital materials in the process of hydraulic fracturing, used extensively for the extraction of shale gas and oil from shale rocks. The quantity of proppants used depends on the thickness of shale rocks and the length of the well. On an average, for a single horizontal well approximately 1,600 tons of proppants are used during the first stage of drilling. For instance, for one fracking length of 200-300 meters of well, about 100-160 metric tons of proppants are utilized. However, the aforementioned quantity depends on the rocks condition and the properties deep in the ground.
Market Dynamics of the South America Proppants Market
Improvements in the fracturing technology
Manufacturing of better quality frac sand
Growing environmental concerns related to the fracturing technology
High costs of the ceramic proppants
South America Proppants Market Segmentation
The South American Proppants market can be broadly segmented on the basis of product type (frac sand, resin coated and ceramic) and on the basis of geography (Brazil, Argentina, and the Rest of South America). In terms of market revenue in 2015, Argentina led the market with a total share of XX.XX% of the South American market, followed by Brazil. Argentina is the largest producer as well as the consumer of natural gas in South America. The country has about 150 shale gas wells for the production and the number are expected to increase in the coming years, as the country is witnessing a steady increase in the demand for energy. This, in turn, will have a positive impact on the South America proppants market. However, the high cost of the ceramic proppants may hinder the growth of this market.
Market analysis for the South American proppants market, with region specific assessments and competition analysis.
Market definition along with the identification of key drivers and restraints.
Identification of factors instrumental in changing the market scenarios, rising prospective opportunities, and identification of key companies that can influence this market on a regional scale.
Extensively researched competitive landscape section with profiles of major companies along with their market share.
Identification and analysis of the macro and micro factors that affect the South America proppants market on a regional scale.
A comprehensive list of key market players along with the analysis of their current strategic interests and key financial information.
A wide-ranging knowledge and insights about the major players in this industry and the key strategies adopted by them to sustain and grow in the studied market.
Insights on the major countries where this industry is growing and to also identify the regions that are still untapped.
1.1 Research Methodology
1.1.1 Definition of the Market
1.1.2 Report Description
1.1.3 Executive Summary
2. KEY FINDINGS OF THE STUDY
3. MARKET OVERVIEW
3.1 Market Segmentation
3.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis
3.4 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's 5 Force Analysis
4. MARKET DYNAMICS
4.5 Porter's Five Forces
4.5.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.5.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers
4.5.3 Threat of New Entrants
4.5.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services
4.5.5 Degree of Competition
4.6 Industry Value Chain Analysis
5. TECHNOLOGY OVERVIEW
5.1 Technology Snapshot
6. DIFFERENT TYPES OF PROPPANTS
6.1 Frac Sand
6.2 Resin Coated
7. MARKET ANALYSIS AND FORECAST
7.1 Regional Market Segmented by Type (Market Size, Forecast and CAGR)
7.1.1 Frac Sand
7.1.2 Resin Coated
7.2 Regional Market - Segmented By Country
8. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE
8.1 Mergers & Acquisitions
8.2 Joint Ventures
8.3 New Product Launches
8.4 Biggest Companies by Revenue
8.5 Most active companies in the past three years
9. COMPANY PROFILES
9.1 Saint-Gobain Proppants
9.1.2 Major Products and Services
9.1.4 Recent Developments
9.2 CARBO Ceramics
9.2.2 Major Products and Services
9.2.4 Recent Developments
9.3.2 Major Products and Services
9.3.4 Recent Developments
9.4.2 Major Products and Services
9.4.4 Recent Developments
9.5 Baker Hughes
9.5.2 Major Products and Services
9.5.4 Recent Developments
9.6.2 Major Products and Services
9.6.4 Recent Developments
9.7 Unimin Corporation
9.7.2 Major Products and Services
9.7.4 Recent Developments
9.8 Borovichi Refractories Plant (Borprop)
9.8.2 Major Products and Services
9.8.4 Recent Developments
9.9 Badger Mining
9.9.2 Major Products and Services
9.9.4 Recent Developments
9.10 Hi-Crush Partners LP
9.10.2 Major Products and Services
9.10.4 Recent Developments
9.11 Momentive Speciality Chemicals Inc.
9.11.2 Major Products and Services
9.11.4 Recent Developments
9.12 Yixing Orient Petroleum Proppant Co. Ltd
9.12.2 Major Products and Services
9.12.4 Recent Developments
9.13 Superior Silica Sands
9.13.2 Major Products and Services
9.13.4 Recent Developments