Oilfield Chemicals

Oilfield Chemicals

Demand for formulated oilfield chemicals in the US is projected to increase 9.e% annually to $16.8 billion in 2023. Increasing numbers and footage of wells drilled, as well as the ongoing dominance of unconventional drilling and environmental concerns will boost demand.

This report covers oilfield chemicals demand by Oilfield Fluids, Oilfield Chemical Applications, and Oilfield Chemical Products.

Oilfield fluids covered in the study include:
Stimulation fluids
Drilling fluids
Cement slurries
Completion and workover fluids

Oilfield chemical applications include:
Stimulation fluid additives (gelling agents, acids, biocides, friction reducers, breakers, other additives)
Drilling fluid additives (weighting materials, viscosifiers, shale inhibitors, other additives)
Production chemicals (corrosion and scale inhibitors, demulsifiers, asphaltene and paraffin inhibitors, other chemicals)
Enhanced oil recovery (EOR) products
Completion and workover fluid additives
Cement additives (accelerators and retarders, extenders, other additives)

Oilfield chemical products include:
Specialty chemicals (biocides, corrosion and scale inhibitors, demulsifiers, other specialty chemicals)
Commodity chemicals (acids, barite, clays, other commodity chemicals)
Polymers (natural and synthetic gums – guar, xanthan, and other gums, polyacrylamides, cellulose and starch polymers, other polymers)
Gases (carbon dioxide, nitrogen)

Scope of the Report
This report covers the scope, size, and growth of the oilfield chemicals market in the US, including key trends in applications and market segmentation. Historical data are provided for 2008, 2013, and 2018, with forecasts to 2023 with year-by-year historical market volatility also addressed. Data are provided in volume (gallons, pounds) and value (dollar) terms. Also included is an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.


  • Executive Summary
    • Table Figure 1-1 | US Oilfield Chemical Market
  • Factors Affecting Oilfield Chemical Demand
    • Crude Oil & Natural Gas Industry Overview
      • Crude Oil & Natural Gas Production & Consumption
        • Table Oil & Gas Production & Consumption, 2008 - 2023
      • Crude Oil & Petroleum Liquids
        • Table Figure 2-1 | Crude Oil & Other Petroleum Liquid Production & Consumption, 2008 - 2023
      • Natural Gas
        • Table Figure 2-2 | Natural Gas Production & Consumption, 2008 - 2023
    • Oil & Gas Prices
      • Table Figure 2-3 | Natural Gas & Crude Oil Prices, 2008 - 2018
    • Petroleum
      • Supply & Demand
        • Table Petroleum Supply & Demand, 2008 - 2023
      • Production
        • Table Figure 2-4 | US Petroleum Production, 2008 - 2018
      • Drilling
        • Table Crude Oil Drilling Indicators, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 2-5 | Crude Oil Drilling Indicators, 2009 - 2018
      • Pricing
        • Table Figure 2-6 | Crude Oil Prices, 2009 - 2018
    • Natural Gas
      • Supply & Demand
        • Table Natural Gas Supply & Demand, 2008 - 2023
      • Production
        • Table Figure 2-7 | Natural Gas Production, 2008 - 2018
      • Drilling
        • Table Natural Gas Drilling Indicators, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 2-8 | Natural Gas Drilling Indicators, 2009 - 2018
      • Pricing
        • Table Figure 2-9 | Natural Gas Prices, 2008 - 2018
    • Oilfield Services Outlook
      • Table Oilfield Services Indicators, 2008 - 2023
    • Environmental & Regulatory Considerations
      • Overview
      • Drilling Fluids Waste
      • Offshore Drilling
      • Exploration & Production in Environmentally Sensitive Regions
      • Hydraulic Fracturing
      • Water Management Issues
    • Market Volatility
      • Table Oilfield Chemical Market, 2008 - 2018
      • Table Figure 2-10 | Oilfield Chemical Market: Oilfield Chemical Demand & Oil & Gas Indicators, 2009 - 2018
    • Pricing Trends
      • Pricing Overview
      • Drilling & Completion Fluids
        • Table Average Drilling & Completion Fluid Prices, 2008 - 2023
      • Oilfield Chemicals
        • Table Selected Oilfield Chemical Product Prices, 2008 - 2023
    • Foreign Trade
  • Oilfield Technology
    • Overview
    • Drilling Technologies
      • Trends in Use
      • Directional Drilling
        • Table Directional Drilling: Characteristics, Advantages, & Disadvantages
      • Horizontal Drilling
        • Table Horizontal Drilling: Characteristics, Advantages, & Disadvantages
      • Pad Drilling
      • Underbalanced Drilling
      • Other Drilling Technologies
    • Well Completion
    • Well Stimulation
      • Developments in Well Stimulation
      • Hydraulic Fracturing
      • Gas Fracturing
      • Multistage Fracturing
      • Refracturing
      • Acidizing
      • Other Well Stimulation Technologies
    • Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR)
      • Enhanced Oil Recovery Outlook
        • Table Oil Production from Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR), 2008 - 2023
      • Thermal Recovery
      • Gas Recovery
      • Chemical Recovery
      • Other EOR Methods
    • Unconventional Resource Development
      • Unconventional Resource Development's Effect on US Oil & Gas Industry
      • Tight Oil
      • Shale Gas
      • Coalbed Methane
  • Oilfield Fluids
    • Key Findings
      • Table Figure 4-1 | Oilfield Fluids Market in the US
    • Scope
    • Oilfield Fluids Demand by Type
      • Table Formulated Oilfield Fluid Volume by Type, 2008 - 2023
      • Table Figure 4-2 | Oilfield Fluid Demand by Type, 2008 - 2018
    • Stimulation Fluids
      • Scope & Fluid Description
      • Demand by Type
        • Table Stimulation Fluid Demand by Type, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 4-3 | Stimulation Fluid Demand Share by Type, 2008 - 2023
      • Slickwater Fracturing Fluids
        • Table Figure 4-4 | Slickwater Fracturing Fluid Demand, 2008 - 2023
      • Crosslinked & Linear Gels
        • Table Crosslinked & Linear Gel Fracturing Fluid Demand by Type, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 4-5 | Crosslinked & Linear Gel Fracturing Fluid Demand Share by Type, 2008 - 2023
      • Other Stimulation Fluids
        • Table Other Stimulation Fluid Volume by Type, 2008 - 2023
    • Drilling Fluids
      • Scope & Fluid Description
      • Demand by Type
        • Table Drilling Fluid Demand by Type, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 4-6 | Drilling Fluid Demand Share by Type, 2008 - 2023
      • Water-Based Drilling Fluids
        • Table Water-Based Drilling Fluid Demand by Location, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Water-Based Drilling Fluids: Characteristics, Advantages, & Disadvantages
      • Oil-Based Drilling Fluids
        • Table Oil-Based Drilling Fluid Demand by Location, 2008 - 2023
      • Synthetic-Based Drilling Fluids
        • Table Synthetic-Based Drilling Fluid Demand by Location, 2008 - 2023
      • Demand by Location
        • Table Drilling Fluid Demand by Location, 2008 - 2023
      • Market Share
        • Table Figure 4-7 | Drilling Fluid Market Share, 2018
    • Cement Slurries
      • Scope & Fluid Description
      • Demand Outlook
        • Table Figure 4-8 | Cement Slurry Demand, 2008 - 2023
      • Suppliers
    • Completion & Workover Fluids
      • Scope & Fluid Description
      • Demand Outlook
        • Table Completion & Workover Fluid Demand, 2088 - 2023
        • Table Figure 4-9 | Completion & Workover Fluid Demand, 2008 - 2023
      • Market Share
        • Table Figure 4-10 | Completion Fluid Market Share, 2018
  • Oilfield Chemical Applications
    • Key Findings
      • Table Figure 5-1 | Oilfield Chemical Applications in the US
    • Historical Oilfield Chemical Demand
      • Table Figure 5-2 | Oilfield Chemical Demand, 2008 - 2018
    • Oilfield Chemical Demand by Application
      • Table Formulated Oilfield Chemical Product Demand by Application, 2008 - 2023
      • Table Figure 5-3 | Formulated Oilfield Chemical Product Demand by Application, 2008 - 2023
    • Stimulation Fluid Additives
      • Demand by Type
        • Table Stimulation Fluid Additive Demand by Type, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 5-4 | Stimulation Fluid Additive Demand by Type, 2008 - 2023
      • Suppliers
        • Table Selected Stimulation Fluid Additive Suppliers
      • Gelling Agents
        • Table Gelling Agent Demand in Stimulation Fluids by Type, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 5-5 | Gelling Agent Demand in Stimulation Fluids by Type, 2008 - 2023
      • Acids
        • Table Acid Demand in Stimulation Fluids by Type, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 5-6 | Acid Demand in Stimulation Fluids by Type, 2008 - 2023
      • Biocides
        • Table Biocide Demand in Stimulation Fluids, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 5-7 | Biocide Demand in Stimulation Fluids, 2008 - 2023
      • Friction Reducers
        • Table Friction Reducer Demand in Stimulation Fluids by Type, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 5-8 | Friction Reducer Demand in Stimulation Fluids by Type, 2008 - 2023
      • Breakers
        • Table Breaker Demand in Stimulation Fluids, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 5-9 | Breaker Demand in Stimulation Fluids, 2008 - 2023
      • Other Stimulation Fluid Additives
        • Table Other Stimulation Fluid Additive Demand by Type, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 5-10 | Other Stimulation Fluid Additive Demand by Type, 2008 - 2023
    • Drilling Fluid Additives
      • Demand by Type
        • Table Drilling Fluid Additive Demand by Type, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 5-11 | Drilling Fluid Additive Demand by Type, 2008 - 2023
      • Suppliers
        • Table Selected Drilling Fluid Additive Suppliers
      • Weighting Materials
        • Table Weighting Material Demand in Drilling Fluids by Type, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 5-12 | Weighting Material Demand in Drilling Fluids by Type, 2008 - 2023
      • Viscosifiers
        • Table Viscosifier Demand in Drilling Fluid by Type, 2008 - 2023
      • Shale Inhibitors
        • Table Shale Inhibitor Demand in Drilling Fluids, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 5-13 | Shale Inhibitor Demand in Drilling Fluids, 2008 - 2023
      • Other Drilling Fluid Additives
        • Table Other Drilling Fluid Additive Demand by Type, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 5-14 | Other Additive Demand in Drilling Fluids by Type, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Other Drilling Fluid Additives: Characteristics & Selected Types
    • Production Chemicals
      • Scope
      • Demand by Type
        • Table Oilfield Production Chemical Demand by Type, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 5-15 | Oilfield Production Chemical Demand by Type, 2008 - 2023
      • Suppliers
        • Table Selected Production Chemicals Suppliers
      • Corrosion & Scale Inhibitors
        • Table Corrosion & Scale Inhibitor Demand in Oilfield Production, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 5-16 | Corrosion & Scale Inhibitor Demand in Oilfield Production, 2008 - 2023
      • Demulsifiers
        • Table Demulsifier Demand in Oilfield Production, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 5-17 | Demulsifier Demand in Oilfield Production, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Demulsifiers & Related Chemicals: Characteristics, Uses, & Components
      • Asphaltene & Paraffin Inhibitors
        • Table Asphaltene & Paraffin Inhibitor Demand in Oilfield Production, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 5-18 | Asphaltene & Paraffin Inhibitor Demand in Oilfield Production, 2008 - 2023
      • Other Production Chemicals
        • Table Other Production Chemical Demand by Type, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 5-19 | Other Production Chemical Demand by Type, 2008 - 2023
    • Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) Products
      • Table Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) Product Demand by Type, 2008 - 2023
      • Table Figure 5-20 | Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) Product Demand by Type, 2008 - 2023
    • Completion & Workover Fluid Additives
      • Scope
      • Demand by Type
        • Table Completion & Workover Fluid Additive Demand by Type, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 5-21 | Completion & Workover Fluid Additive Demand by Type, 2008 - 2023
      • Suppliers
    • Cement Additives
      • Demand by Type
        • Table Cement Additive Demand by Type, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 5-22 | Cement Additive Demand by Type, 2008 - 2023
      • Fluid Loss Control Additives
        • Table Fluid Loss Control Additive Demand in Oilfield Cement Slurries, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 5-23 | Fluid Loss Control Additive Demand in Oilfield Cement Slurries, 2008 - 2023
      • Accelerators & Retarders
        • Table Accelerator & Retarder Demand in Oilfield Cement Slurries, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 5-24 | Accelerator & Retarder Demand in Oilfield Cement Slurries, 2008 - 2023
      • Extenders
        • Table Extender Demand in Oilfield Cement Slurries, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 5-25 | Extender Demand in Oilfield Cement Slurries, 2008 - 2023
      • Other Cement Additives
        • Table Other Additive Demand in Oilfield Cement Slurries, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 5-26 | Other Additives Demand in Oilfield Cement Slurries, 2008 - 2023
  • Oilfield Chemical Products
    • Key Findings
      • Table Figure 6-1 | US Oilfield Chemical Market by Type
    • Oilfield Chemicals Demand by Product
      • Table Oilfield Chemical Demand by Type, 2008 - 2023
      • Table Figure 6-2 | Oilfield Chemical Demand Share by Product Type, 2018
    • Specialty Chemicals
      • Demand by Type
        • Table Specialty Chemical Demand in Oilfield Applications by Type, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 6-3 | Specialty Chemical Demand in Oilfield Applications: Share by Type, 2018
      • Suppliers
        • Table Selected Specialty Chemical Suppliers, Products, & Brands
      • Biocides
        • Table Biocide Demand in Oilfield Applications, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 6-4 | Biocide Demand in Oilfield Applications, 2008 - 2023
      • Corrosion & Scale Inhibitors
        • Table Corrosion & Scale Inhibitor Demand in Oilfield Applications, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 6-5 | Corrosion & Scale Inhibitor Demand in Oilfield Applications, 2008 - 2023
      • Demulsifiers
        • Table Demulsifiers & Related Product Demand in Oilfield Applications, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 6-6 | Demulsifiers & Related Product Demand in Oilfield Applications, 2008 - 2023
      • Other Specialty Chemicals
        • Table Other Specialty Chemical Demand in Oilfield Applications, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 6-7 | Other Specialty Chemical Demand in Oilfield Applications, 2008 - 2023
    • Commodity Chemicals
      • Demand by Type
        • Table Commodity Chemical Demand in Oilfield Applications by Type, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 6-8 | Commodity Chemical Demand Share in Oilfield Applications, 2018
      • Suppliers
        • Table Selected Commodity Chemical Suppliers, Products, & Brands
      • Acids
        • Table Acid Demand in Oilfield Applications by Type, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 6-9 | Acid Demand in Oilfield Applications, 2008 - 2023
      • Barite
        • Table Barite Demand in Oilfield Applications, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 6-10 | Barite Demand in Oilfield Applications, 2008 - 2023
      • Clays
        • Table Clay Demand in Oilfield Applications by Type, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 6-11 | Clay Demand in Oilfield Applications by Type, 2008 - 2023
      • Other Commodity Chemicals
        • Table Other Commodity Chemical Demand in Oilfield Applications, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 6-12 | Other Commodity Chemical Demand in Oilfield Applications, 2008 - 2023
    • Polymers
      • Demand by Type
        • Table Polymer Demand in Oilfield Applications by Type, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 6-13 | Polymer Demand in Oilfield Applications: Share by Type, 2018
      • Suppliers
        • Table Selected Polymer Suppliers, Products, & Brands
      • Natural & Synthetic Gums (Guar, Xanthan, & Other Gums)
        • Table Natural & Synthetic Gum Demand in Oilfield Applications by Type, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 6-14 | Natural & Synthetic Gum Market Share in Oilfield Applications by Type, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 6-15 | Guar Gum Demand in Oilfield Applications, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 6-16 | Xanthan Gum Demand in Oilfield Applications, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 6-17 | Other Gums Demand in Oilfield Applications, 2008 - 2023
      • Polyacrylamides
        • Table Polyacrylamide Demand in Oilfield Applications, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 6-18 | Polyacrylamide Demand in Oilfield Applications, 2008 - 2023
      • Cellulose & Starch Polymers
        • Table Cellulose & Starch Polymer Demand in Oilfield Applications, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 6-19 | Cellulose & Starch Polymer Demand in Oilfield Applications, 2008 - 2023
      • Other Polymers
        • Table Other Polymer Demand in Oilfield Applications, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 6-20 | Other Polymer Demand in Oilfield Applications, 2008 - 2023
    • Gases
      • Table Gas Demand in Oilfield Applications by Type, 2008 - 2023
      • Table Figure 6-21 | Gas Demand in Oilfield Applications by Type, 2008 - 2023
      • Carbon Dioxide
        • Table Merchant Carbon Dioxide Demand in Oilfield Applications by Type, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 6-22 | Merchant Carbon Dioxide Demand in Oilfield Applications, 2008 - 2023
      • Nitrogen
        • Table Nitrogen Demand in Oilfield Applications, 2008 - 2023
        • Table Figure 6-23 | Nitrogen Demand in Oilfield Applications, 2008 - 2023
  • Industry Structure
    • Key Findings & Industry Composition
      • Table US Oilfield Chemical Sales by Company, 2018
    • Market Share
      • Formulated Product Suppliers
        • Table Figure 7-1 | US Oilfield Chemical Formulated Products Market Share, 2018
        • Table Figure 7-2 | Oilfield Chemicals: Market Leader
        • Table Figure 7-3 | Oilfield Chemicals: Second Market Leader
        • Table Figure 7-4 | Oilfield Chemicals: Third Market Leader
        • Table Figure 7-5 | Oilfield Chemicals: Fourth Market Leader
      • Materials Suppliers
    • Competitive Strategies
    • Mergers & Acquisitions
      • Table Selected Mergers & Acquisitions
    • Cooperative Agreements
      • Table Selected Cooperative Agreements
    • Marketing & Distribution
      • Table Figure 7-6 | Oilfield Chemical Supply Chain
    • Research & Development
    • List of Industry Participants
      • Table Selected Industry Participants
  • Appendix
    • Scope
    • Definitions
    • Abbreviations
      • Table Abbreviations & Acronyms Used in Study
    • Freedonia Methodology
    • Study-Specific Methodology
    • Sources
    • Associations & Agencies
    • Related Studies & Reports
    • Macroeconomic Assumptions
      • Economic Environment
        • Table Macroeconomic Indicators, 2008 – 2023
        • Table Figure 8-1 | Annual Growth in Real GDP, 2000 - 2018, Compared to 1980 - 2005 Average
      • Demographics
        • Table Population & Households, 2008 – 2023

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