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Oil and Gas Water Treatment Chemicals Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

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  • 120 Pages
  • April 2021
  • Region: Global
  • Mordor Intelligence
  • ID: 4602255
The Global Oil and Gas Water Treatment Chemicals Market is projected to register a CAGR of over 4% during the forecast period (2021-2026).

The market was negatively impacted by COVID-19 in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a huge drop in the demand for oil. This has resulted in decreased investments and a major scaling back in the drilling activities. As a result, the demand for water treatment chemicals in the industry has declined. Owing to the pandemic scenario, the petroleum refineries units had cut their throughput as the demand for fuel had been decreased by about 30% to 40% globally during the lockdown. For instance, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, with refining capacity of 5 million barrels per day of crude oil, had cut its crude oil processing by about 30% to 40%, which had led to a decrease in the consumption of wastewater treatment chemicals in the oil and gas industry.
  • Over the short term, rising shale gas extraction leading to water contamination and expansion of oil refineries across the world leading to an increase in the wastewater volume are expected to drive the oil and gas water treatment chemicals market growth.
  • Availability of technological alternatives for water treatment is likely to act as restraint to the market studied.
  • Shifting focus toward the usage of green chemicals is likely to provide opportunities for market growth in the future.
  • Asia-Pacific is likely to witness the highest growth rate during the forecast period.

Key Market Trends

Scale and Corrosion Inhibitors to Dominate the Market
  • Corrosion inhibitors, when added in small amounts to the corrosive medium, reduce its corrosiveness in considerable measures. These products are extremely efficient even with a very low dosage and sufficiently inert to avoid altering the physicochemical properties of the oil.
  • Additionally, the use of corrosion inhibitors in water systems improves the efficiency of the system, thus facilitating maximum heat transfer, improving process throughput, reducing the downtime for cleaning, which helps the system run for a longer time. They are designed to ensure metal protection and prevent the metal loss, which may lead to critical system failures in recirculating water piping, process cooling equipment, and heat exchangers. Corrosion inhibitors are added to the treatment systems to protect the metals, by reducing the corrosion potential associated with the cathode and anode of the corrosion cell.
  • Hence, in the oil and gas industry, they are used in reinjection wells, gas plants, transportation lines, barges, etc., as their usage reduces costs and extends the working life of capital assets, such as process equipment, pipelines, and storage tanks.
  • Scale inhibitors are added during the secondary recovery of oil. These chemicals improve oil and gas flow, by preventing scaling without causing any change in the crude oil characteristic.
  • The usage of scale inhibitors in the oil and gas industry helps the systems maintain scale-free surfaces in pipe walls, heat exchangers, and valves.
  • According to BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2020, the global production volume of natural gas was 3989.3 billion cubic metres in 2019, with a growth rate of 3.4% compared to the previous year, thus led to an increase in the demand for scale and corrosion inhibitors used during the production and distribution of the natural gas, thereby stimulating the demand for the market studied.
  • According to EIA, the average crude oil production in the United States was accounted for about 11.3 million barrels per day in 2020, down from 12.2 million barrels per day in 2019 and is expected to reach 11.1 million barrels per day in 2021 and 12 million barrels per day in 2022. Increase in production of crude oil and byproduct wastewater is expected to rise in the coming years, which is likely to enhance the market demand for oil and gas water treatment chemicals.
  • The oil and gas industry is one of the largest users of scale inhibitors with the majority of demand coming from Middle-East and Africa. According to EIA, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is among the world’s 10 largest oil producers as of 2019. The UAE had produced about 3.1 million barrels per day of crude oil in 2019 and is planned to produce 5 million barrels per day by 2030, thus is expected that the production volume of waste water will also increase, which in-turn will stimulate the demand for the market studied.
  • As long as operations continue in the oil and gas industry, the consumption of scale & corrosion inhibitors will continue to increase, through the forecast period.

North America Region to Dominate the Market
  • North America dominated the global water treatment chemicals market share. This can be attributed to the presence of a large number of mining, oil and gas, and power generation activities in the United States.
  • The United States was the single largest producer and consumer of natural gas, and particularly shale gas, accounting for a large chunk of global capacity.
  • According to EIA forecasts, the production of dry natural gas in the United States was averaged to 87.8 billion cubic feet per day in February 2021, which is down from 92.4 billion cubic feet per day in December 2020, and is estimated that the overall dry natural gas production will average 91.4 billion cubic feet per day in 2021, which is 0.9 billion cubic feet per day more than the February forecast, thus led to an increase in the wastewater byproduct production, which in-turn stimulates the demand for the oil and gas water treatment chemicals.
  • Adopting the new technologies and chemicals, the major producers of shale gas are increasing the production output from their existing fields as well. Some of the newly developed technologies are artificial lift systems and enhanced oil recovery.
  • The significant growth in shale gas exploration and production, along with the recovery in the mining outputs, in the country, is expected to support the consumption of industrial water treatment chemicals at a steady rate during the forecast period.
  • North America is the second largest region in terms of oil production after middle-east region. According to BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2020, the total oil production in the North America region was accounted for 24.61 million barrels per day in 2019, with a growth rate of about 7% compared to the previous year, thereby led to an increase in the production of wastewater.
  • Canada has a large reserve of oil sands and with the steady higher prices of crude oil in the market, the production of crude from oil sands has become viable. This is also expected to drive the market of oil and gas water treatment chemicals in the region.
  • Furthermore, there are several wastewater streams coming out of refineries, which typically include desalter water generated from washing raw crude before topping, sour water that comes from steam stripping, and fractionating that comes in contact with crude, process water generating from product washing, regenerating catalyst, and dehydrogenation reactions.
  • According to BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2020, in the North America region, the total refinery throughput was accounted for about 18.98 million barrels per day in 2019, with a decline rate of about 1.3% compared to the previous year, thereby decreasing the production of wastewater while downstream crude oil processes, which in-turn negatively impacts the demand for the market studied.
  • Therefore, the aforementioned factors are expected to show a significant impact on the market in the coming years.

Competitive Landscape

The market for oil and gas water treatment chemicals is partially fragmented in nature, as the market share is divided among several key players. Some of the key players of the market include Kurita Water Industries Ltd, Chemtex Speciality Limited, DuPont, Avista Technologies, Inc., and Veolia Water Technologies, among others.

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Table of Contents

1.1 Study Assumptions
1.2 Scope of the Study
4.1 Drivers
4.1.1 Rising Shale Gas Extraction Leading to Water Contamination
4.1.2 Expansion of Oil Refineries across the World
4.2 Restraints
4.2.1 Availability of Technological Alternatives for Water Treatment
4.2.2 Unfavorable Conditions Arising due to the Impact of COVID-19
4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis
4.4 Porter's Five Forces 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
5.1 Type
5.1.1 Scale and Corrosion Inhibitors
5.1.2 Biocides and Disinfectants
5.1.3 Defoamers and Defoaming Agents
5.1.4 Flocculants and Coagulants
5.1.5 Demulsifiers
5.1.6 Oxygen Scavengers
5.1.7 Other Types (Emulsion Breakers, Flow Enhancers, Deoilers, etc.)
5.2 Geography
5.2.1 Asia-Pacific China India Japan South Korea ASEAN Countries Rest of Asia-Pacific
5.2.2 North America United States Canada Mexico
5.2.3 Europe Germany France United Kingdom Italy Rest of the Europe
5.2.4 South America Brazil Argentina Rest of South America
5.2.5 Middle-East and Africa Saudi Arabia South Africa Rest of Middle-East and Africa
6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements
6.2 Market Share (%)**/Ranking Analysis
6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players
6.4 Company Profiles
6.4.1 AES Arabia Ltd
6.4.2 AECI Water
6.4.3 Aries Chemical Inc.
6.4.4 Avista Technologies, Inc.
6.4.5 BASF SE
6.4.6 Buckman
6.4.7 Chemtex Speciality Limited
6.4.8 ChemTreat, Inc.
6.4.9 DuPont
6.4.10 Ecolab
6.4.11 Italmatch Chemicals S.p.A.
6.4.12 Ion Exchange
6.4.13 Kemira Oyj
6.4.14 Kurita Water Industries Ltd
6.4.15 Metito
6.4.16 Ovivo
6.4.17 SUEZ
6.4.18 Solenis
6.4.19 Thermax Limited
6.4.20 Veolia Water Technologies
6.4.21 WETICO
7.1 Shifting Focus toward the Usage of Green Chemicals

Companies Mentioned (Partial List)

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes, but is not limited to:

  • AES Arabia Ltd
  • AECI Water
  • Aries Chemical Inc.
  • Avista Technologies, Inc.
  • Buckman
  • Chemtex Speciality Limited
  • ChemTreat, Inc.
  • DuPont
  • Ecolab
  • Italmatch Chemicals S.p.A.
  • Ion Exchange
  • Kemira Oyj
  • Kurita Water Industries Ltd
  • Metito
  • Ovivo
  • SUEZ
  • Solenis
  • Thermax Limited
  • Veolia Water Technologies