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World Well Stimulation Materials

World Well Stimulation Materials

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.


  • INTRODUCTION
  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • Table WORLD WELL STIMULATION MATERIALS DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
  • MARKET ENVIRONMENT
    • General
    • World Economic Overview
      • Recent Historical Trends
      • World Economic Outlook
        • Table WORLD GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT BY REGION (billion 2011 dollars)
    • World Demographic Outlook
      • Table WORLD POPULATION BY REGION (million persons)
    • World Oil & Gas Outlook
      • Table WORLD OIL & GAS PRODUCTION BY REGION (quadrillion Btu)
      • Table WORLD OIL & GAS PRODUCTION, 2012 (281.3 quadrillion Btu)
      • World Crude Oil Outlook
        • Table WORLD CRUDE OIL PROVED RESERVES BY COUNTRY, 2012 (billion barrels)
        • Table WORLD CRUDE OIL PROVED RESERVES, 2012 (1.5 trillion barrels)
        • Table WORLD TECHNICALLY RECOVERABLE SHALE OIL RESERVES, 2012 (345 billion barrels)
        • Table WORLD CRUDE OIL FIELD PRODUCTION* BY REGION (million barrels)
        • Table WORLD CRUDE OIL FIELD PRODUCTION, 2012 (27.5 billion barrels)
        • Table CRUDE OIL SPOT PRICES, 2002-2012 (dollars per barrel)
      • World Natural Gas Outlook
        • Table WORLD NATURAL GAS PROVED RESERVES BY COUNTRY, 2012 (trillion cubic feet)
        • Table WORLD NATURAL GAS PROVED RESERVES, 2012 (6.8 quadrillion cubic feet)
        • Table WORLD TECHNICALLY RECOVERABLE SHALE GAS RESERVES, 2012 (7.3 quadrillion cubic feet)
        • Table WORLD DRY NATURAL GAS PRODUCTION BY REGION (trillion cubic feet)
        • Table WORLD DRY NATURAL GAS PRODUCTION, 2012 (118.4 trillion cubic feet)
        • Table NATURAL GAS PRICES, 2002-2012 (dollars per thousand cubic feet)
    • Oilfield Services Overview
      • Table WORLD DRILLING ACTIVITY
    • Environmental & Regulatory Issues
  • TECHNOLOGY
    • General
    • Well Drilling & Completion
      • Horizontal Drilling
      • Multilateral Drilling
      • Coiled Tubing Drilling
      • Well Completion
    • Well Stimulation Technologies
      • Hydraulic Fracturing
      • Multistage Fracturing
      • Nitrogen Fracturing
      • Refracturing
      • Acidizing
      • Other Well Stimulation Technologies
    • Well Stimulation Fluids
      • Fracturing Fluids
      • Acidizing Fluids
    • Unconventional Resource Development
      • Shale Formations
      • Tight Oil & Gas
      • Coalbed Methane
  • OVERVIEW
    • General
      • Table WORLD WELL STIMULATION MATERIALS DEMAND BY TYPE & COUNTRY (thousand metric tons)
    • Proppants
      • Table WORLD PROPPANT DEMAND BY TYPE & COUNTRY (thousand metric tons)
      • Sand
        • Table WORLD SAND PROPPANT DEMAND BY TYPE & COUNTRY (thousand metric tons)
      • Ceramic
        • Table WORLD CERAMIC PROPPANT DEMAND BY TYPE & COUNTRY (thousand metric tons)
      • Other Proppants
        • Table OTHER PROPPANT DEMAND BY COUNTRY (thousand metric tons)
    • Chemicals
      • Table WORLD WELL STIMULATION CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE & COUNTRY (thousand metric tons)
      • Fluid Materials
        • Table WORLD WELL STIMULATION FLUID MATERIAL DEMAND BY TYPE & COUNTRY (thousand metric tons)
        • Table WORLD WELL STIMULATION GASES DEMAND BY TYPE & COUNTRY (thousand metric tons)
        • Table WORLD WELL STIMULATION ACIDS DEMAND BY COUNTRY (thousand metric tons)
        • Table WORLD WELL STIMULATION GELLING AGENT DEMAND BY COUNTRY (thousand metric tons)
        • Table WORLD WELL STIMULATION CROSSLINKING AGENT DEMAND BY COUNTRY (thousand metric tons)
        • Table WORLD WELL STIMULATION BREAKER DEMAND BY COUNTRY (thousand metric tons)
        • Table OTHER WELL STIMULATION FLUID MATERIAL DEMAND BY TYPE & COUNTRY (thousand metric tons)
      • Fluid Additives
        • Table WORLD WELL STIMULATION FLUID ADDITIVE DEMAND BY TYPE & COUNTRY (thousand metric tons)
        • Table WORLD WELL STIMULATION CORROSION & SCALE INHIBITOR DEMAND BY COUNTRY (thousand metric tons)
        • Table WORLD WELL STIMULATION BIOCIDE DEMAND BY COUNTRY (thousand metric tons)
        • Table OTHER WELL STIMULATION FLUID ADDITIVE DEMAND BY TYPE & COUNTRY (thousand metric tons)
  • UNITED STATES
    • United States: General
    • United States: Oil & Gas Outlook
      • Table UNITED STATES: KEY INDICATORS FOR WELL STIMULATION MATERIALS DEMAND
    • United States: Well Stimulation Materials Demand
      • Table UNITED STATES: WELL STIMULATION MATERIALS DEMAND BY TYPE (thousand metric tons)
      • United States: Proppants
        • Table UNITED STATES: PROPPANT DEMAND BY TYPE (thousand metric tons)
      • United States: Chemicals
        • Table UNITED STATES: WELL STIMULATION CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE (thousand metric tons)
        • Table UNITED STATES: WELL STIMULATION FLUID MATERIAL DEMAND BY TYPE (thousand metric tons)
        • Table UNITED STATES: WELL STIMULATION FLUID ADDITIVE DEMAND BY TYPE (thousand metric tons)
  • CANADA
    • Canada: General
    • Canada: Oil & Gas Outlook
      • Table CANADA: KEY INDICATORS FOR WELL STIMULATION MATERIALS DEMAND
    • Canada: Well Stimulation Materials Demand
      • Table CANADA: WELL STIMULATION MATERIALS DEMAND BY TYPE (thousand metric tons)
      • Canada: Proppants
        • Table CANADA: PROPPANT DEMAND BY TYPE (thousand metric tons)
      • Canada: Chemicals
        • Table CANADA: WELL STIMULATION CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE (thousand metric tons)
        • Table CANADA: WELL STIMULATION FLUID MATERIALS DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
        • Table CANADA: WELL STIMULATION FLUID ADDITIVE DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
  • CHINA
    • China: General
    • China: Oil & Gas Outlook
      • Table CHINA: KEY INDICATORS FOR WELL STIMULATION MATERIALS DEMAND
    • China: Well Stimulation Materials Demand
      • Table CHINA: WELL STIMULATION MATERIALS DEMAND BY TYPE (thousand metric tons)
      • China: Proppants
        • Table CHINA: PROPPANT DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
      • China: Chemicals
        • Table CHINA: WELL STIMULATION CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE (thousand metric tons)
        • Table CHINA: WELL STIMULATION FLUID MATERIALS DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
        • Table CHINA: WELL STIMULATION FLUID ADDITIVES DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
  • RUSSIA
    • Russia: General
    • Russia: Oil & Gas Outlook
      • Table RUSSIA: KEY INDICATORS FOR WELL STIMULATION MATERIALS DEMAND
    • Russia: Well Stimulation Materials Demand
      • Table RUSSIA: WELL STIMULATION MATERIALS DEMAND BY TYPE (thousand metric tons)
      • Russia: Proppants
        • Table RUSSIA: PROPPANT DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
      • Russia: Chemicals
        • Table RUSSIA: WELL STIMULATION CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE (thousand metric tons)
        • Table RUSSIA: WELL STIMULATION FLUID MATERIALS DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
        • Table RUSSIA: WELL STIMULATION FLUID ADDITIVES DEMAND (thousand metric tons)
  • OTHER REGIONS
    • General
    • Latin America
      • Latin America: General
      • Latin America: Oil & Gas Outlook
        • Table LATIN AMERICA*: KEY INDICATORS FOR WELL STIMULATION MATERIALS DEMAND
      • Latin America: Well Stimulation Materials Demand by Type
        • Table LATIN AMERICA*: WELL STIMULATION MATERIALS DEMAND BY TYPE (thousand metric tons)
      • Latin America: Well Stimulation Materials Demand by Country
        • Table LATIN AMERICA*: WELL STIMULATION MATERIALS DEMAND BY COUNTRY
    • Europe
      • Europe: General
      • Europe: Oil & Gas Outlook
        • Table EUROPE*: KEY INDICATORS FOR WELL STIMULATION MATERIALS DEMAND
      • Europe: Well Stimulation Materials Demand by Type
        • Table EUROPE*: WELL STIMULATION MATERIALS DEMAND BY TYPE (thousand metric tons)
      • Europe: Well Stimulation Materials Demand by Country
        • Table EUROPE*: WELL STIMULATION MATERIALS DEMAND BY COUNTRY
    • Asia/Pacific
      • Asia/Pacific: General
      • Asia/Pacific: Oil & Gas Outlook
        • Table ASIA/PACIFIC*: KEY INDICATORS FOR WELL STIMULATION MATERIALS DEMAND
      • Asia/Pacific: Well Stimulation Materials Demand by Type
        • Table ASIA/PACIFIC*: WELL STIMULATION MATERIALS DEMAND BY TYPE (thousand metric tons)
      • Asia/Pacific: Well Stimulation Materials Demand by Country
        • Table ASIA/PACIFIC*: WELL STIMULATION MATERIALS DEMAND BY COUNTRY
    • Africa/Mideast
      • Africa/Mideast: General
      • Africa/Mideast: Oil & Gas Outlook
        • Table AFRICA/MIDEAST: KEY INDICATORS FOR WELL STIMULATION MATERIALS DEMAND
      • Africa/Mideast: Well Stimulation Materials Demand
        • Table AFRICA/MIDEAST: WELL STIMULATION MATERIALS DEMAND BY TYPE (thousand metric tons)
  • INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
    • General
      • Table WELL STIMULATION MATERIALS SALES BY COMPANY, 2012 (million dollars)
    • Market Share
      • Table WORLD WELL STIMULATION MATERIALS MARKET SHARE, 2012 ($15.6 billion)
    • Industry Restructuring
      • Table SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES
    • Cooperative Agreements
      • Table SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS
    • Marketing & Distribution
    • Research & Development
    • Transportation & Logistics
    • Competitive Strategies
    • Company Profiles
      • Air Liquide Group
      • Air Products and Chemicals Incorporated
      • Akzo Nobel NV
      • Ashland Incorporated
      • Badger Mining Corporation
      • Baker Hughes Incorporated
      • Cadre Material Products LLC
      • Canyon Services Group Incorporated
      • CARBO Ceramics Incorporated
      • Carmeuse Group SA
      • Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC
      • China GengSheng Minerals Incorporated
      • Dorf Ketal Chemicals India Private Limited
      • Dow Chemical Company
      • DuPont (EI) de Nemours
      • Ecolab Incorporated
      • Erna Frac Sand LC
      • Fairmount Minerals Limited
      • Ferus Incorporated
      • flexFrac Proppant Sand Suppliers
      • FMC Corporation
      • FORES LLC
      • FTS International Services LLC
      • Halliburton Company
      • Hebei Ceramic Proppant Company Limited
      • Hi-Crush Partners LP
      • Huber (JM) Corporation
      • Imerys SA
      • Jiaozuo FangHua Ceramics Company Limited
      • JSC Borovichi Refractories Plant
      • Linde Group
      • Messina Incorporated
      • Mineraçao Curimbaba Limitada
      • Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC
      • PfP Industries LLC
      • Pioneer Natural Resources Company
      • Praxair Incorporated
      • Preferred Sands LLC
      • Rio Tinto Group
      • Saint-Gobain
      • Schlumberger Limited
      • SCR-Sibelco NV
      • Shaanxi GuangYu Ceramic Proppant Company Limited
      • Sierra Frac Sand LLC
      • Solvay SA
      • Superior Silica Sands LLC
      • Texas Silica LLC
      • US Silica Holdings Incorporated
      • Xinmi Wanli Industry Development Company Limited
      • Yangquan Roewe Oil Fracturing Proppant Company Limited
      • Yixing Orient Petroleum Proppant Company Limited
      • Zhengzhou Yongtai Ceramsite Company Limited
    • Other Companies Mentioned in Study

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