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

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  • 95 Pages
  • August 2022
  • Region: North America
  • Mordor Intelligence
  • ID: 5120426
The North American fracking chemicals market is expected to record a CAGR of approximately 4.5% during the forecast period. The COVID-19 pandemic had a severe impact on the fracking industry as oil and gas upstream operations were suddenly halted due to low demand for oil and gas and, consequently, low commodity prices. For instance, in the United States, the price of WTI (West Texas Intermediate) crude reached the lowest level of USD 14 per barrel from USD 63 at the beginning of the year. The cost of the fracking process is exorbitantly high, thus is not affordable in a scenario with only a few projects. Factors such as a high active rig count, longer lateral lengths, increased number of frac stages per well, and the amount of fracking fluid used per frac stage are expected to drive the market. However, the market is expected to face hurdles due to volatile crude oil prices and the environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing.
  • The horizontal or directional segment is expected to grow at the fastest rate during the forecast period due to the increased number of horizontally drilled wells in the region.
  • 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 United States is expected to dominate the market during the forecast period due to the high share of unconventional oil and gas production in petroleum production from the various oil and gas basins present in the country.

Key Market Trends

Horizontal or Directional Segment Expected to Dominate the Market

  • Horizontal drilling is a technique in which drilling is done at an angular direction of at least 80 degrees 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, where hydraulic fracturing was 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% in the previous five years.
  • Furthermore, in 2020, oil and gas producers in New Mexico added more proved reserves, with a capacity of 1.8 Tcf, from the development in the Bone Spring/Wolfcamp shale play in the Delaware Basin in the eastern subdivision of the state. The upcoming production in the reserve during the forecast period is expected to have a direct and overwhelming impact on the market.
  • The average new well productivity in the Permian Basin (the tight oil play) was around 900 barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) per day in 2020. According to Rystad Energy, this number is expected to increase to 1000 BOE per day by 2022 due to the technical expertise gained by the regional producers in the combination of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing.
  • Such developments are expected to boost the horizontal well drilling type during the forecast period.

The United States Expected to Dominate the Market

  • The United States has witnessed huge demand for crude oil and LNG in the last ten years, which has directly influenced petroleum production in the country.
  • In the United States, tight oil production formed a significant share of the overall crude production in 2020, specifically from prominent unconventional oil and gas players like Eagle Ford, Spraberry, Bakken, Wolfcamp, Woodford, etc. The tight oil plays in the Permian basin held the largest share of production, which was around 1322 million barrels (around 59%) in 2020, followed by the Williston basin.
  • Furthermore, the US government invested around USD 20 billion annually to the value of new oil and gas projects in the last two decades, which increased the 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 in the production portfolio.
  • The Offshore Mad Dog Phase 2 project, located in 4,500 feet of water about 190 miles south of New Orleans, Gulf of Mexico, is also expected to drive the market. It includes a new semi-submersible floating production platform with the capacity to produce up to 140,000 gross barrels of crude oil per day from 14 production wells and inject up to 140,000 barrels of water per day using a LoSal system to enhance oil recovery. The production is expected to start in 2022, with British Petroleum as the operator.
  • Owing to such developments, the country is expected to hold the lion's share of the market studied over the coming years.

Competitive Landscape

The North American fracking chemicals market is moderately fragmented. Some of the key players are Halliburton Company, BASF SE, Dow Chemical Company, CES Energy Solutions Corp., and Solvay SA, among others.

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Table of Contents

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
5.1.2 Foam-based
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 United States
5.3.2 Canada
5.3.3 Rest of North America
6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements
6.2 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players
6.3 Company Profiles
6.3.1 Dow Chemical Company
6.3.2 Parchem Fine & Specialty Chemicals Inc.
6.3.3 Halliburton Company
6.3.4 Solvay SA
6.3.5 SNF Group
6.3.6 DuPont de Nemours Inc.
6.3.7 BASF SE
6.3.8 Flotek Industries Inc.
6.3.9 CES Energy Solutions Corp.

Companies Mentioned (Partial List)

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

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