INCREASING USAGE OF FRAC SAND
Frac sands are mixed with water and different chemicals to fracture shale formations to unleash oil & natural gas reserves. Companies like US Silica (a leading producer of silica sands and Frac sands) have produced an even more premium quality frac sand that is coated with an oily resin, which allows crude oil to slip past more easily. The manufacturing of higher quality frac sands is further expected to increase the demand for frac sands. Furthermore, in response to the upcoming demand of frac sands, largest providers of fracking services like Halliburton, has more than doubled its fleet of ralicars, to about 3,500 as of June 2015, and increased the capacity of its sand terminals where sand is reloaded from trains to trucks. The trend of further optimization techniques in fracking is increasing demand for frac sand in per well.
Frac Sand to Dominate the Market
In 2017, Frac sand is estimated to account over 80% of the total proppants usage in MEA, owing to its efficiency, low cost and easily availability. Frac sand proppants are the most widely used category of proppants for hydraulic fracturing in North America. Frac Sand proppants are made out of highly pure and durable sand with round grains. They are majorly made out of sandstone or bauxite. Their size ranges from about 0.1 millimeter in diameter to 2 millimeter in diameter, depending on the requirement of the fracking job
Saudi Arabia to Lead the Market
Saudi Arabia is estimated to have over 1,000 tcf (trillion cubic feet) of non-conventional hydrocarbons, consisting of shale gas, tight gas, and ultra-sour gas, of which, only recoverable shale gas resources amount to 645 tcf. Amid the soaring domestic gas consumption and competition between various industries to source gas feedstock required to fuel the plants, Saudi Arabia launched an ambitious plan to tap unconventional gas reserves of natural gas trapped in shale and tight sands. As a part of an ambitious domestic gas production plan seeking to double gas output over the next decade, to 23 billion standard cubic feet per day (scf/d), gas sourced from shale formations is an important contributor to meet the energy demands of the country. Until 2016, Saudi Aramco had to import ceramic proppants to hold open the fractures created. However, in 2017, the company initiated the utilization of proppant mixture, which contains 70% sand (with 95% quartz content) and 30% ceramic proppant, which was manufactured locally, outperformed ceramic proppant using a similar design.
In addition, Delmon has commenced the local production of Frac sand and proppant, as a product for the fracking of shale gas, and has created a special place in its product portfolio.
Notable Developments in the Market
- In July 2017, Baker Hughes and GE Oil & Gas completed the merge creating the world’s first and only full-stream oil and gas company.
- In July 2017, Badger Mining plans new frac sand mine.
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1.1 Research Methodology
1.2 Scope of the Report
2. Executive Summary
3. Market Insights
3.1 Supply Chain Overview
3.2 Technological Snapshot
3.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Force Analysis
3.3.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
3.3.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers
3.3.3 Threat of New Entrants
3.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services
3.3.5 Degree of Competition
3.4 Price Analysis
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 Legislations
4.3.1 Shifting Focus towards the Usage of Ceramic Proppants
5. Market Segmentation and Analysis
5.1 By Product type
5.1.1 Frac Sand
5.1.2 Resin Coated
5.2 Middle East & Africa
5.2.1 Saudi Arabia
5.2.3 United Arab Emirates
5.2.5 Rest of Middle East & Africa
6. Future of the Market
7. Competitive Landscape
7.1 Mergers & Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations and Agreements
7.2 Market Share Analysis**
7.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players
8. Company Profiles (Overview, Financials**, Products & Services, Recent Developments, Analyst View)
8.1 Badger Mining Corp.
8.2 Baker Hughes Inc.
8.3 Carbo Ceramics Inc.
8.4 Coorstek Inc.
8.5 Eager Materials Inc.
8.6 EOG Resources Inc.
8.7 Emerge Energy Services (Superior Silica Sands)
8.8 Fairmount Santrol
8.9 Fores Ltd.
8.11 Hexion Inc.
8.12 HI Crush Partners LP
8.14 Mississippi Sand LLC
8.15 Preferred Sands LLC
8.16 Saint-Gobain, North America
8.17 Schlumberger Ltd.
8.18 U.S. Silica
8.19 Unimin Energy Solutions
8.20 *List Not Exhaustive
10. **Subject to Feasibility & Availability on Public Domain
- SAINT-GOBAIN PROPPANTS
- HEXION INC.
- SUPERIOR SILICA SANDS
- CARBO CERAMICS
- BAKER HUGHES
- UNIMIN CORPORATION
- BOROVICHI REFRACTORIES PLANT (BORPROP)
- BADGER MINING
- HI-CRUSH PARTNERS LP
- MOMENTIVE SPECIALITY CHEMICALS INC.
- YIXING ORIENT PETROLEUM PROPPANT CO. LTD
- SUPERIOR SILICA SANDS.