The market for North America proppants is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.67 % during the forecast period of 2019–2024. Major factors driving the market are the improvements in fracking technology and the number of increasing shale gas production activities. Stagnant industrial growth in developed countries is expected to hinder the growth of the market studied.
The frac sand industry dominated the market in 2017 and is expected to grow during the forecast period.
There is expected to be a shifting of focus toward the usage of ceramic proppants in the future. The United States dominated the market in North America. The demand from the United States is expected to expand at the fastest rate during the forecast period.
Key Market Trends
Frac Sand to Dominate the Market
Frac sand proppants are the most widely used category for hydraulic fracturing in the market. Frac sand proppants are made out of highly pure and durable sand with round grains. They are predominantly made out of sandstone or bauxite. Their size ranges from about 0.1 millimeter in diameter to 2 millimeters in diameter, depending on the requirement of the fracking job. A large portion of the frac sands produced in the United States is extracted from the sand mines of St. Peter Sandstone and Cambrian Jordan.
Frac sand accounts for more than 90% of the total proppants usage in the market, due to its efficiency, low cost, and availability. The market for frac sand proppants is expected to grow steadily, during the forecast period. There is a considerable increasing demand for these proppants in the region, due to numerous favorable shale basins and increasing natural gas demand, in the region. Moreover, they are exported.
In addition, onshore North America and the Gulf of Mexico continental shelf have many oilfields that are about to reach their maturity; this is expected to further add to the proppants demand in the regions.
Overall, with the increasing number of aging fields, coupled with the increasing horizontal drilling and shale gas production activities, the amount of frac sand used per well is likely to increase, during the forecast period.
United States to Dominate the Market
The United States is one of the leading countries, globally, in terms of the exploration of unconventional crude oil reserves and application of hydraulic fracturing for the same. The quantity of oil produced from hydraulically fractured wells has been increasing significantly, in comparison to oil produced from conventionally-fractured wells. With the growing hydraulic fracturing applications in the country, especially for shale gas and tight oil purposes, the demand for proppants has been witnessing a positive impact.
Frac sand is the most widely used proppant, while resin-coated and ceramic sands are used for specific applications that involve greater production depths and thermal resistance. With an increase in the number of mature fields and the rising energy demand, proppants used in hydraulic fracturing are expected to witness growth, owing to the exploration of unconventional resources, such as coal bed methane, tight oil, etc. The increase in the production from mature fields is also expected to be the reason for the significant rise in the demand for ceramic proppants.
The North America frac sand proppants market is a fragmented market with the major players accounting for a decent share of the market. The North America ceramic proppants market is an oligopoly with few players completely dominating the market.
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1.1 Study Deliverables
1.2 Study Assumptions
1.3 Scope of the Study
2 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
3 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
4 MARKET DYNAMICS
4.1.1 Improvements in Fracking Technology
4.1.2 Increasing Usage of Frac Sand (Quantity per Well)
4.1.3 Increasing Shale Gas Production Activities
4.2.1 Environmental Concerns and Legislation
4.3 Industry Value-Chain Analysis
4.4 Porters 5 Force Analysis
4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers
4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants
4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services
4.4.5 Degree of Competition
4.5 Supply Chain Overview
4.6 Technological Snapshot
4.7 Price Analysis
5 MARKET SEGMENTATION
5.1.1 Frac Sand
5.1.2 Resin Coated
6 COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE
6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements
6.2 Market Share Analysis**
6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players
6.4 Company Profiles
6.4.1 Badger Mining Corporation
6.4.2 Baker Hughes (General Electric)
6.4.3 Carbo Ceramics Inc.
6.4.4 CoorsTek Inc.
6.4.5 Covia Holdings Corporation
6.4.6 Eagle Materials Inc.
6.4.7 EOG Resources Inc.
6.4.8 Fores LTD
6.4.13 Preferred Proppants LLC
6.4.15 Schlumberger Limited
6.4.16 Superior Silica Sands (Emerge Energy Services)
6.4.17 U.S. Silica
7 MARKET OPPORTUNITIES AND FUTURE TRENDS
7.1 Shifting Focus toward the Usage of Ceramic Proppants
- Badger Mining Corporation
- Baker Hughes (General Electric)
- Carbo Ceramics Inc.
- CoorsTek Inc.
- Covia Holdings Corporation
- Eagle Materials Inc.
- EOG Resources Inc.
- Fores LTD
- Preferred Proppants LLC
- Schlumberger Limited
- Superior Silica Sands (Emerge Energy Services)
- U.S. Silica