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World Well Stimulation Materials Market

  • December 2013
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  • Freedonia
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  • 368 pages

Unconventional resources development to fuel demand

Global demand for well stimulation materials is expected to register doubledigit annual growth through 2017, boosted by high oil prices, efforts to maximize productivity of wells both old and new, and a shift in activity to shale formations and other unconventional production environments, where well stimulation techniques are essential.

Unconventional resources development has been a driving force behind growth in well stimulation material demand over the past decade, boosting proppant sales and the fluids used to deliver them into fractures. These fluids, comprised of gelling agents, surfactants, specialty additives, and other chemicals, are generally formulated for specific wells.

While significant demand began with the Barnett play in Texas, more recent growth in the US has been in liquid-rich formations. Demand in these and similar regions is driven by high oil prices, which spurs drilling activity; and by the depth and challenging geology of these wells, which require greater amounts of proppants and chemicals to complete.

North America to continue well stimulation dominance

The United States is the world’s largest well stimulation market, accounting for about 80 percent of the global total. More wells are drilled in the US than any other nation, and the US oil and gas industry has been quicker to embrace horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing technologies than anywhere else. Much of the rest of the market is concentrated in Canada, Russia, and China. Canada has begun to develop resources in western shale formations, and in the portion of the Bakken that reaches into Manitoba. China will seek to increase its supply of oil and gas from both domestic and offshore sites as its energy requirements continue to grow. Its shale reserves are among the world’s largest, but efforts to exploit them are just underway, and coalbed methane also offers opportunities. Russia continues to maximize production from an older oil and gas infrastructure in the short term, and to develop its own shale and coalbed methane assets in the longer run.

Although much of the world’s oil and gas is produced in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Western Europe, these locations account for a small, though rapidly-growing, share of global well stimulation material demand. In Europe, producers are hoping to sustain output levels in declining North Sea fields, and seeking opportunities for onshore shale development. In Latin America, stimulation is used in conventional gas fields as well as shale activity in Argentina. Growth is expected as a result of shale development in a number of other countries, as well as continued growth of oil production in Brazil and land-based natural gas drilling in Mexico. Kasakhstan and other former Soviet republics are also increasing their exploration activities.

Evolving stimulation technology to spur demand for proppants & chemicals

Fluids and proppants are critical to successful well stimulation operations and technology continues to evolve, causing rapid changes in the market for stimulation materials. A more recent preference for slickwater formulations in some shale and tight formations boosted demand for friction reducers. As proppant volumes skyrocketed, demand for sand proppants took market share from ceramics due to cost issues. In the future, stimulation fluid formulations are expected to continue to improve, driven by higher performance requirements and more stringent environmental regulations.

Study coverage

This upcoming Freedonia industry study, World Well Stimulation Materials, is priced at $6300. It presents historical demand data (2002, 2007 and 2012) plus forecasts for 2017 and 2022 by product type in the US, Russia, Canada and China, as well as data for Latin America, Europe, Asia/Pacific and Africa/Mideast. The study also assesses the global oil and gas outlook, evaluates company market share and profiles industry competitors.

Table Of Contents

World Well Stimulation Materials Market
TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION xi

I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1

II. MARKET ENVIRONMENT 4

General 4
World Economic Overview 5
Recent Historical Trends 6
World Economic Outlook 8
World Demographic Outlook 11
World Oil and Gas Outlook 13
World Crude Oil Outlook 16
Reserves and Exploration 17
Production 21
Crude Oil Pricing Patterns 23
World Natural Gas Outlook 26
Reserves and Exploration 26
Production 30
Natural Gas Pricing Patterns 34
Oilfield Services Overview 36
Environmental and Regulatory Issues 38

III. TECHNOLOGY 43

General 43
Well Drilling and Completion 44
Horizontal Drilling 45
Multilateral Drilling 47
Coiled Tubing Drilling 47
Well Completion 48
Well Stimulation Technologies 49
Hydraulic Fracturing 50
Multistage Fracturing 53
Nitrogen Fracturing 54
Refracturing 55
Acidizing 56
Types 57
Uses 57
Retardation of Acid Reactions 58
Fracture Acidizing 60
Other Well Stimulation Technologies 61
Well Stimulation Fluids 62
Fracturing Fluids 63
Crosslinked Gels 64
Linear Gels 65
Slickwater 65
Foamed Fracturing Fluids 66
Visco-Elastic Surfactant (VES) Fluids 66
Acidizing Fluids 67
Unconventional Resource Development 68
Shale Formations 69
Tight Oil and Gas 70
Coalbed Methane 71

IV. OVERVIEW 73

General 73
Proppants 75
Sand 78
Raw Sand 81
Coated Sand 84
Ceramic 86
Bauxite-Based Ceramic 91
Clay-Based Ceramic 92
Other Ceramic 93
Other Proppants 94
Chemicals 96
Fluid Materials 99
Gases 102
Acids 107
Gelling Agents 111
Crosslinking Agents 117
Breakers 119
Friction Reducers 126
All Other Fluid Materials 128
Fluid Additives 128
Corrosion and Scale Inhibitors 131
Biocides 133
Other Additives 135

V. UNITED STATES 140

General 140
Oil and Gas Outlook 141
Well Stimulation Materials Demand 145
Proppants 147
Sand Proppants 149
Ceramic Proppants 154
Other Proppants 155
Chemicals 156
Fluid Materials 158
Fluid Additives 161

VI. CANADA 164

General 164
Oil and Gas Outlook 165
Well Stimulation Materials Demand 168
Proppants 170
Sand Proppants 172
Ceramic and Other Proppants 173
Chemicals 174
Fluid Materials 176
Fluid Additives 177

VII. CHINA 180

General 180
Oil and Gas Outlook 181
Well Stimulation Materials Demand 185
Proppants 188
Chemicals 190
Fluid Materials 191
Fluid Additives 193

VIII. RUSSIA 195

General 195
Oil and Gas Outlook 196
Well Stimulation Materials Demand 199
Proppants 202
Chemicals 204
Fluid Materials 205
Fluid Additives 207

IX. OTHER REGIONS 209

General 209
Latin America 210
Europe 221
Asia/Pacific 232
Africa/Mideast 240

X. INDUSTRY STRUCTURE 247

General 247
Market Share 251
Industry Restructuring 256
Cooperative Agreements 258
Marketing and Distribution 261
Research and Development 263
Transportation and Logistics 265
Competitive Strategies 266
Company Profiles 268
Air Liquide Group 269
Air Products and Chemicals Incorporated 270
Akzo Nobel NV 272
Ashland Incorporated 273
Badger Mining Corporation 274
Baker Hughes Incorporated 276
Cadre Material Products LLC 278
Canyon Services Group Incorporated 279
CARBO Ceramics Incorporated 281
Carmeuse Group SA 284
Champion Technologies, see Ecolab
Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC 285
China GengSheng Minerals Incorporated 286
CorsiTech, see Ecolab
CP Kelco US, see Huber (JM)
Dorf Ketal Chemicals India Private Limited 288
Dow Chemical Company 289
Drilling Specialties, see Chevron Phillips Chemical
DuPont (EI) de Nemours 290
Ecolab Incorporated 292
EPCO Carbon Dioxide Products, see Air Products and
Chemicals
Erna Frac Sand LC 296
Fairmount Minerals Limited 297
Ferus Incorporated 300
flexFrac Proppant Sand Suppliers 301
FMC Corporation 302
FORES LLC 303
FTS International Services LLC 304
Halliburton Company 306
Hebei Ceramic Proppant Company Limited 309
Hi-Crush Partners LP 310
Huber (JM) Corporation 311
Imerys SA 313
Industrial Guar Products, see PfP Industries
Jiaozuo FangHua Ceramics Company Limited 315
JSC Borovichi Refractories Plant 316
Linde Group 317
M-I SWACO, see Schlumberger
Messina Incorporated 318
Mineração Curimbaba Limitada 320
Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC 321
Multi-Chem Group, see Halliburton
Nalco Holding, see Ecolab
PfP Industries LLC 324
Pioneer Natural Resources Company 325
Praxair Incorporated 327
Preferred Sands LLC 329
Premier Silica, see Pioneer Natural Resources
PyraMax Ceramics, see Imerys
Rio Tinto Group 331
Saint-Gobain 332
Santrol, see Fairmount Minerals
Schlumberger Limited 334
SCR-Sibelco NV 337
Shaanxi GuangYu Ceramic Proppant Company Limited 339
Sierra Frac Sand LLC 340
Solvay SA 341
Superior Silica Sands LLC 342
Texas Silica LLC 343
Unimin, see SCR-Sibelco
US Silica Holdings Incorporated 344
Xinmi Wanli Industry Development Company Limited 346
Yangquan Roewe Oil Fracturing Proppant
Company Limited 347
Yixing Orient Petroleum Proppant Company Limited 347
Zhengzhou Yongtai Ceramsite Company Limited 349
Other Companies Mentioned in Study 350



LIST OF TABLES

SECTION I -- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Summary Table 3

SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT

1 World Gross Domestic Product by Region 11
2 World Population by Region 13
3 World Oil and Gas Production by Region 15
4 World Crude Oil Proved Reserves by Country, 2012 19
5 World Crude Oil Field Production by Region 22
6 World Natural Gas Proved Reserves by Country, 2012 28
7 World Dry Natural Gas Production by Region 33
8 World Drilling Activity 38

SECTION IV -- OVERVIEW

1 World Well Stimulation Materials Demand
by Type and Country 75
2 World Proppant Demand by Type and Country 78
3 World Sand Proppant Demand by Type and Country 81
4 World Ceramic Proppant Demand by Type and Country 90
5 Other Proppant Demand by Country 96
6 World Well Stimulation Chemical Demand
by Type and Country 98
7 World Well Stimulation Fluid Material Demand
by Type and Country 101
8 World Well Stimulation Gases Demand by Type and Country 103
9 World Well Stimulation Acids Demand by Country 109
10 World Well Stimulation Gelling Agent Demand by Country 113
11 World Well Stimulation Crosslinking Agent Demand
by Country 119
12 World Well Stimulation Breaker Demand by Country 122
13 Other Well Stimulation Fluid Material Demand
by Type and Country 126
14 World Well Stimulation Fluid Additive Demand
by Type and Country 130
15 World Well Stimulation Corrosion and Scale Inhibitor Demand
by Country 132
16 World Well Stimulation Biocide Demand by Country 135
17 Other Well Stimulation Fluid Additive Demand by Country 139

SECTION V -- UNITED STATES

1 United States: Key Indicators for Well Stimulation
Materials Demand 145
2 United States: Well Stimulation Materials Demand by Type 147
3 United States: Proppant Demand by Type 149
4 United States: Well Stimulation Chemical Demand by Type 158
5 United States: Well Stimulation Fluid Material Demand
by Type 161
6 United States: Well Stimulation Fluid Additive Demand
by Type 163

SECTION VI -- CANADA

1 Canada: Key Indicators for Well Stimulation
Materials Demand 168
2 Canada: Well Stimulation Materials Demand by Type 170
3 Canada: Proppant Demand by Type 172
4 Canada: Well Stimulation Chemical Demand by Type 175
5 Canada: Well Stimulation Fluid Materials Demand 177
6 Canada: Well Stimulation Fluid Additive Demand 179

SECTION VII -- CHINA

1 China: Key Indicators for Well Stimulation
Materials Demand 185
2 China: Well Stimulation Materials Demand by Type 188
3 China: Proppant Demand 190
4 China: Well Stimulation Chemical Demand by Type 191
5 China: Well Stimulation Fluid Materials Demand 193
6 China: Well Stimulation Fluid Additives Demand 194

SECTION VIII -- RUSSIA

1 Russia: Key Indicators for Well Stimulation
Materials Demand 199
2 Russia: Well Stimulation Materials Demand by Type 202
3 Russia: Proppant Demand 204
4 Russia: Well Stimulation Chemical Demand by Type 205
5 Russia: Well Stimulation Fluid Materials Demand 207
6 Russia: Well Stimulation Fluid Additives Demand 208

SECTION IX -- OTHER REGIONS

1 Latin America: Key Indicators for Well Stimulation
Materials Demand 214
2 Latin America: Well Stimulation Materials Demand
by Type 218
3 Latin America: Well Stimulation Materials Demand
by Country 221
4 Europe: Key Indicators for Well Stimulation
Materials Demand 226
5 Europe: Well Stimulation Materials Demand by Type 229
6 Europe: Well Stimulation Materials Demand by Country 232
7 Asia/Pacific: Key Indicators for Well Stimulation
Materials Demand 235
8 Asia/Pacific: Well Stimulation Materials Demand by Type 237
9 Asia/Pacific: Well Stimulation Materials Demand
by Country 239
10 Africa/Mideast: Key Indicators for Well Stimulation
Materials Demand 243
11 Africa/Mideast: Well Stimulation Materials Demand by Type 246

SECTION X -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

1 Well Stimulation Materials Sales by Company, 2012 249
2 Selected Acquisitions and Divestitures 257
3 Selected Cooperative Agreements 260



LIST OF CHARTS

SECTION II -- MARKET ENVIRONMENT

1 World Oil and Gas Production, 2012 16
2 World Crude Oil Proved Reserves, 2012 20
3 World Technically Recoverable Shale Oil Reserves, 2012 21
4 World Crude Oil Field Production, 2012 23
5 Crude Oil Spot Prices, 2002-2012 25
6 World Natural Gas Proved Reserves, 2012 29
7 World Technically Recoverable Shale Gas Reserves, 2012 30
8 World Dry Natural Gas Production, 2012 34
9 Natural Gas Prices, 2002-2012 36

SECTION X -- INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

1 World Well Stimulation Materials Market Share, 2012 252

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