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Sensors Market in Shale Gas Industry

  • July 2014
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  • Frost & Sullivan
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  • 96 pages

Sensors Play Critical Role— Political Acceptance and Commercial Viability Determine the Future

Sensors play a critical role in the oil and gas industry, and thus in the shale gas sector. Currently, most shale gas production occurs in North America (United States and Canada), as production in other countries has not yet commenced due to governmental bans on fracking and strong public opposition. Once these constraints are removed, the potential for sensors and instrumentation in shale gas will increase significantly. In this study on sensors and instrumentation in shale gas, flow, level, pressure, and temperature sensors have been discussed; and wellhead, fracking, and separation applications have been considered. The market share of flow, level, pressure, and temperature sensors in wellhead, fracking, and separation applications has also been covered.

Key Findings
-The need for primary energy is rising and increasing fuel demand globally is driving the need to find new energy reserves or new, unconventional energy sources.
-Shale gas is one solution that has been identified in addressing the rise in global energy demand so much that shale reserves are identified as a game changer in global energy markets and the topic of shale gas has quickly become widespread in the energy sector.
-With falling reserves of natural gas and increasing energy costs, many countries that have technically recoverable reserves are now considering shale gas as the solution which will change their future energy dependence. In addition, advances in hydraulic fracturing (fracking) have enabled production companies to extract gas from deeper areas than was previously possible.
-The shale gas industry is heavily dependent on governmental policies. There are numerous environmental concerns associated with the shale gas industry, such as the risk of earthquakes and pollution as a result of fracking.
-As result, although countries would want to make use of shale gas and be self-sufficient regarding their energy requirements, governments of these countries are expected to make legislative decisions that will affect the future of shale gas exploratory activities. For example, North America leads in shale gas production, whereas France and the Netherlands have enforced bans on shale gas exploration.
-In addition to political reasons and the enforcement of moratoriums on shale gas exploration, public opposition to hydraulic fracturing is further hindering the shale gas industry.
-For instance, despite licenses being granted to oil and gas companies to drill test wells in the Boxtel region of Netherlands, the exploration did not proceed due to public opposition. As result, a key topic in parliaments of many countries is to whether hydraulic fracturing procedures should be banned or allowed due to environmental concerns.
-From a sensors perspective, these components play a critical role in shale gas industry. Yet, with governments still deciding on whether hydraulic fracturing can be conducted and the resulting uncertainty among oil and gas companies over the feasibility of commercial shale gas production, the sensors and instrumentation market in the shale gas industry is a ‘small market’ with uncertainty among sensors manufacturers as well.
-An increase in the global political acceptance of shale gas exploration, coupled with the commercial viability of shale gas, will have a significant impact on the sensors market in the future.

Market Definitions
Oil and gas: The oil and gas industry comprises companies that are involved in the exploration, production, transportation, and refining of oil and gas. This includes the upstream, midstream, and downstream sectors.
Upstream sector: The upstream sector, also known as the exploration and production (E&P) sector, refers to the searching, recovery, and production of shale gas. It involves drilling and operating exploratory wells to recover shale gas.
Midstream sector: The midstream sector refers to the transportation of shale gas, water, and other fluids from the production facilities to refineries, through pipelines and other means of transportation, such as tankers and trucks.
Downstream sector: The downstream sector refers to the refining of shale oil and the selling and distribution of shale gas and other products derived from shale oil. It involves refineries and wastewater treatment plants.
Horizontal well: This is a well typically started vertically, which is curved to horizontal at depths to follow a particular rock stratum or reservoir.
Hydraulic fracturing (fracking): Fracking is the process of inducing fractures in reservoir rocks through the injection of water and other fluids, chemicals, and solids under very high pressure.
Multi-stage hydraulic-fracturing: Each individual hydraulic fracturing treatment is a “stage,” localized to a portion of the well. There may be as many as individual hydraulic fracturing stages in some wells.
Oil shale: This is an organic-rich rock that contains kerogen, a precursor of oil. Depending on the organic content, it can sometimes be burned directly with a calorific value equivalent to a very low grade coal. It can be “cooked” in situ at high temperatures for several years to produce oil or can be retorted in surface operations to produce petroleum liquids. Play: Play refers to a prospective area for the production of oil, gas, or both. Usually, it is a relatively small, contiguous geographic area focused on an individual reservoir. Reserve: A reserve is a deposit of oil, gas, or coal that can be recovered profitably within existing economic conditions using existing technologies. It has legal implications in terms of company valuations for the Securities and Exchange Commission. Shale gas: Shale gas is a type of natural gas extracted from shale formations lying beneath the earth’s surface. Shale is a fine-grained, sedimentary rock formation containing a huge volume of oil and gas. This market research study discusses the potential for sensors in shale gas in wellhead, fracking, and separation applications. The study also provides information on shale reserves in major countries across the globe. Tight oil: Tight oil is also referred to as shale oil. It is the oil contained in shale and associated clastic and carbonate rocks with very low permeabilities in the micro- to nano-darcy range. Typically it is produced using horizontal wells with multi-stage hydraulic fracture treatments.

Table Of Contents

Sensors Market in Shale Gas Industry

Executive Summary
Key Findings
Market Engineering Measurements
CEO's Perspective


Market Overview
Introduction to Global Shale Gas Reserves
Market Definitions
Market Scope and Segmentation
Key Questions This Study Will Answer
Market Segmentation
Market Distribution Channels
Shale Gas Life Cycle
Shale Gas Developments
Market Global Shale Gas Resources
Shale Gas Extraction
5 Stages of Shale Gas Exploration and Development
Market Key Stakeholders
Shale Gas Industry Challenges


Sensors Market in Shale Gas Industry—Role of Sensors and Instrumentation
Optimized Production of Shale Gas Through Sensors
Sensor Benefits and Uses
Oil and Gas Production Flow
Midstream Production Flow
Shale Oil and Natural Gas Wellhead and Gathering
Sensing Challenges in Fracking
Optical Sensors with Increased Sensitivity Help Process Shale Gas with Different Compositions
Constituents in Shale Gas
Gas Sensors and Detectors in Shale Gas
Clean, Efficient Shale Gas Extraction Through Sensors
DAS in Hydraulic Fracturing Monitoring


Sensors Market in Shale Gas Industry—Environmental Policies, Regulations, and Legislation
Shale Gas and Legislation
Risks of Fracking
United States Environmental Policies and Regulations
Environmental Policies and Regulations in Canada
Key Shale Gas Legislation in Europe


External Challenges: Drivers and Restraints—Total Sensors Market in Shale Gas Industry
Drivers and Restraints
Drivers Explained
Restraints Explained


Forecast and Trends—Total Sensors Market in Shale Gas Industry
Market Engineering Measurements
Forecast Assumptions
Revenue Forecast
Revenue Forecast Discussion
Percent Revenue by Application
Revenue Forecast Discussion by Application
Percent Revenue by Sensor in Wellheads
Percent Revenue by Sensor in Fracking
Percent Revenue by Sensor in Separation
Percent Revenue Forecast by Region
Revenue Forecast by Region
Revenue Forecast by Region Discussion


Trends in Shale Gas Characteristics and Reserves by Region—Total Sensors Market in Shale Gas Industry
Shale Gas Exploration Activities
US Shale Gas Characteristics
US Shale Gas Reserves
US Basin Types
Canada Shale Gas Characteristics
Basin Types in Canada
Shale Gas Reserves in Europe
Key Shale Gas Exploration Projects in Europe
Shale Gas Reserves Europe
Europe Shale Gas Characteristics
China Shale Gas Characteristics
Australia Shale Gas Characteristics
India Shale Gas Characteristics
Argentina Shale Gas Characteristics
Mexico Shale Gas Characteristics
South Africa Shale Gas Characteristics


Market Share and Competitive Analysis—Total Sensors Market in Shale Gas Industry
Market Share
Competitive Environment
Key Oil and Gas Companies Involved in Shale Gas Exploration Activities
Shale Gas Major Participants


The Last Word
The Last Word—3 Big Predictions
Legal Disclaimer


Market Engineering Methodology
Additional Sources of Information on Sensors Market
Learn More—Next Steps

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