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Fracking Chemicals Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

  • ID: 4520113
  • Report
  • June 2022
  • Region: Global
  • 125 Pages
  • Mordor Intelligence


  • Baltimore Aircoil Company
  • DuPont de Nemours Inc.
  • Flotek Industries Inc.
  • Halliburton Company
  • SNF Group
The fracking chemicals market is expected to record a CAGR of around 6.5% during the forecast period 2022 - 2027. The COVID-19 pandemic severely impacted the fracking industry as oil and gas upstream operations came to a sudden halt due to low demand for oil and gas, which resulted in low commodity prices. For instance, in the United States, the price of WTI (West Texas Intermediate) crude reached its lowest level, amounting to USD 14 per barrel from USD 63 per barrel at the beginning of the year. The cost of the fracking process is exorbitantly high, thus was not affordable in a scenario where they got a few projects. The fracking chemicals market is expected to thrive in the near future due to the increased demand for horizontal drilling for unconventional resources and the high rate of production of natural gas in many parts of the world. However, the reduced oil production due to the energy transition toward renewables is expected to impede the market in the near future.

  • The horizontal or drilling segment is expected to grow at the fastest rate during the forecast period due to the increased number of horizontally drilled wells in many countries.

  • The new alternative fracking technologies, such as waterless fracking, the introduction of green chemicals, propane gel, and other technologies, are expected to create tremendous growth opportunities in the future.

  • The North American region is expected to dominate the market during the forecast period due to the high share of unconventional oil and gas production in petroleum production in the United States and Canada.

Key Market Trends

Horizontal or Directional Segment Expected to Witness Significant Growth

  • Horizontal drilling is a technique in which drilling is done at an at least 80 degrees angular direction to the vertical wellbore. The technique involves hydraulic fracturing to extract oil or gas deposits, a process in which fracking fluid is injected at high pressure toward difficult rock formations. The process is generally carried out in the case of unconventional petroleum resources.

  • The process became a widely used technique, particularly after the US shale gas boom, when hydraulic fracturing became an indispensable part of gas extraction from tight unconventional resources. The shale gas production in the United States reached 26,139 billion cubic feet in 2020, an increase of around 70% over the last five years.

  • Furthermore, in other parts of the world too, unconventional petroleum production is expected to get a spike over the coming years. For example, in January 2022, CNOOC, China's veteran oil and gas industry player, announced plans to increase domestic unconventional oil and gas production in 2022. The domestic sources include three unconventional coal bed methane and tight gas projects, with a total peak output of 18,100 boe/d or 3.05 Mcm/day.

  • In November 2021, Saudi Aramco announced the commencement of the development of the Jafurah unconventional gas field, the largest non-associated gas field in Saudi Arabia with shale gas resources. The field is expected to commence production in 2025, with 200 million standard cubic feet per day (scfd).

  • Owing to such developments, the horizontal drilling segment is expected to get major opportunities in the near future.

North America Expected to Dominate the Market

  • The North American region is likely to continue as the largest market in the fracking chemicals industry due to the increased demand for crude oil and LNG, which is ultimately likely to be reflected in a high rate of petroleum production in the United States and Canada.

  • In the United States, tight oil production accounted for a significant share of the overall crude production in 2020, specifically from the prominent unconventional oil and gas players like Eagle Ford, Spraberry, Bakken, Wolfcamp, Woodford, etc. According to the US Energy Information Administration, crude oil production is expected to reach record-high levels in the country by 2023, reaching a forecast of 12.6 million barrels per day (b/d). The Permian Basin, which has a significant share of unconventional resources, is expected to steer the overall US crude oil production growth.

  • Furthermore, the US government invested around USD 20 billion annually toward boosting the value of new oil and gas projects in the last two decades, which increased companies’ expected profits during the shale booms in the Bakken Formation, Haynesville Shale and Appalachian, Eagle Ford, and Permian Basins. Such initiatives by the government are expected to attract more private investments for production.

  • In January 2022, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) forecast a 22% increase in natural gas and oil investment in 2022 due to the increased global demand for oil and gas. The growth in oil sands investment (unconventional) in Canada is forecast to increase by around 33% to USD 11.6 billion in 2022 as compared to USD 8.7 billion in 2021.

  • Such developments are likely to make the region the largest market for the fracking chemicals industry.

Competitive Landscape

The fracking chemicals market is moderately fragmented. Some of the key players include Dow Chemical Company, Parchem Fine & Specialty Chemicals, Flotek Industries Inc., BASF SE, and Solvay SA, among others.

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  • Baltimore Aircoil Company
  • DuPont de Nemours Inc.
  • Flotek Industries Inc.
  • Halliburton Company
  • SNF Group

1.1 Scope of the Study
1.2 Market Definition
1.3 Study Assumptions
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Market Size and Demand Forecast in USD billion, till 2027
4.3 Recent Trends and Developments
4.4 Government Policies and Regulations
4.5 Market Dynamics
4.5.1 Drivers
4.5.2 Restraints
4.6 Supply Chain Analysis
4.7 Porter's Five Forces Analysis
4.7.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.7.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers
4.7.3 Threat of New Entrants
4.7.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services
4.7.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
5.1 Fluid Type
5.1.1 Water-based Fluid
5.1.2 Foam-based Fluid
5.1.3 Other Fluid Types
5.2 Well Type
5.2.1 Vertical
5.2.2 Horizontal or Directional
5.3 Geography
5.3.1 North America
5.3.2 Europe
5.3.3 Asia-Pacific
5.3.4 South America
5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa
6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements
6.2 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players
6.3 Company Profiles
6.3.1 The Dow Chemical Company
6.3.2 Parchem Fine and Specialty Chemicals Inc.
6.3.3 Halliburton Company
6.3.4 Baltimore Aircoil Company
6.3.5 Solvay SA
6.3.6 SNF Group
6.3.7 DuPont de Nemours Inc.
6.3.8 BASF SE
6.3.9 Flotek Industries Inc.
6.3.10 CES Energy Solutions Corp.

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • Parchem Fine and Specialty Chemicals Inc.
  • Halliburton Company
  • Baltimore Aircoil Company
  • Solvay SA
  • SNF Group
  • DuPont de Nemours Inc.
  • Flotek Industries Inc.
  • CES Energy Solutions Corp.