Proppants in North America

As Quoted In Bloomberg News

While growth in proppant demand is expected to slow from the heady early years of the 2000s, stellar double-digit annual gains are still expected, with demand reaching $9.4 billion in 2017.

North American demand to surpass 100 billion pounds in 2017

North American proppant demand has risen sharply since 2002, rising from $250 million to nearly $5 billion in 2012. While growth is expected to slow from the heady early years, stellar double-digit annual gains are still expected, with overall demand reaching over 100 billion pounds in 2017, valued at $9.4 billion. Proppants have been critical to the expansion of oil and gas production in North America, setting off a chain of events that is revitalizing the region’s chemical processing and other industries.

New drilling techniques, favorable oil/gas pricing to continue driving gains

Proppants have been used in oil and gas production for more than 60 years, but the advent of horizontal drilling technology coupled with multistage hydraulic fracturing created new opportunities for growth starting around the mid-2000s, especially as success in early uses such as in the Barnett Shale (Texas) was translated to even more productive formations. These advances became more prominent at the same time oil and gas prices skyrocketed, providing further impetus to drilling and completion activity. Continued high oil prices and a recovery in natural gas prices will sustain oilfield activity in the United States and Canada, with particularly good opportunities expected in a number of states including Texas, North Dakota and Pennsylvania, as well as in several developing plays in Canada, including the Montney and Horn River plays. However, nearly every area with significant unconventional reserves is expected to benefit from these trends.

Raw sand to remain dominant type, coated sand to gain market share

Raw sand will continue to account for the lion’s share of proppant demand. Although it generally cannot be used in wells with high closure pressures, raw sand performs suitably in most conditions. Due to their higher cost, ceramic proppants will be limited to areas requiring high performance products, especially as improved fracturing techniques have allowed sand to be used in applications previously thought to be beyond its performance range. However, these production areas include some of the main centers of upstream activity, such as the Eagle Ford Shale in Texas and the Bakken Shale in North Dakota, where sand and ceramics are often used together. Coated sand proppants are expected to increase their market presence, as they offer cost advantages over ceramic proppants and performance advantages over raw sand. These different product types (and sizes) are often used in combinations that maximize well productivity.

Study Scope

This study analyzes the 59.1 billion pound proppant industry in the United States and Canada. It presents historical demand data for 2002, 2007 and 2012, and forecasts for 2017 and 2022 by type (e.g., raw sand, coated sand, bauxite-based ceramic, clay-based ceramic, coated ceramics), region, state and province.

The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles 28 proppant suppliers, including Fairmount Minerals, CARBO Ceramics and Momentive Specialty Chemicals.

Back to Top

Purchase Proppants in North America by the Section

  1. Proppants in North America

    $5,100.00

    1. 1 INTRODUCTION

      $119.00

    2. 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

      $190.00

      1. Table | NORTH AMERICAN PROPPANT DEMAND (million pounds)

    3. 3 MARKET ENVIRONMENT

      $2,643.00

      1. 3.1 General

        $157.00

      2. 3.2 Macroeconomic Environment

        $233.00

        1. Table | MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS BY COUNTRY

        2. 3.2.1 United States

          $97.00

        3. 3.2.2 Canada

          $82.00

      3. 3.3 Demographic Overview

        $121.00

        1. Table | POPULATION & HOUSEHOLDS

      4. 3.4 Petroleum & Natural Gas Overview

        $155.00

        1. Table | OIL & GAS PRODUCTION & CONSUMPTION (quadrillion Btu)

      5. 3.5 Upstream Oil & Gas Activity

        $160.00

        1. Table | UPSTREAM OIL & GAS ACTIVITY INDICATORS

      6. 3.6 Petroleum Market Overview

        $465.00

        1. Table | CRUDE OIL & LIQUIDS SUPPLY & DEMAND (million barrels)

        2. 3.6.1 Production & Consumption

          $267.00

        3. 3.6.2 Pricing

          $142.00

      7. 3.7 Natural Gas Market Overview

        $373.00

        1. Table | NATURAL GAS SUPPLY & DEMAND (trillion cubic feet)

        2. 3.7.1 Production

          $151.00

        3. 3.7.2 Pricing

          $82.00

      8. 3.8 World Petroleum & Natural Gas Overview

        $609.00

        1. 3.8.1 World Petroleum & Natural Gas Reserves

          $258.00

          1. Table | WORLD PETROLEUM PROVED RESERVES BY COUNTRY, 2012 (billion barrels)

          2. Table | WORLD NATURAL GAS PROVED RESERVES BY COUNTRY, 2012 (trillion cubic feet)

        2. 3.8.2 World Petroleum & Natural Gas Production

          $303.00

          1. Table | WORLD CRUDE OIL FIELD PRODUCTION BY REGION (million barrels)

          2. Table | WORLD DRY NATURAL GAS PRODUCTION (trillion cubic feet)

      9. 3.9 Environmental & Regulatory Considerations

        $236.00

      10. 3.10 International Activity

        $133.00

    4. 4 TECHNOLOGY OVERVIEW

      $1,082.00

      1. 4.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 4.2 Well Drilling & Completion

        $238.00

        1. 4.2.1 Horizontal Drilling

          $132.00

        2. 4.2.2 Well Completion

          $84.00

      3. 4.3 Hydraulic Fracturing

        $448.00

        1. 4.3.1 Multistage Fracturing

          $82.00

        2. 4.3.2 Refracturing

          $82.00

        3. 4.3.3 Proppant Technology

          $97.00

      4. 4.4 Unconventional Resource Development

        $319.00

        1. 4.4.1 Shale

          $93.00

        2. 4.4.2 Tight Oil & Gas

          $82.00

        3. 4.4.3 Coalbed Methane

          $94.00

    5. 5 PROPPANT SUPPLY & DEMAND

      $1,805.00

      1. 5.1 General

        $82.00

      2. 5.2 Capacity & Production

        $154.00

      3. 5.3 Trade

        $108.00

        1. Table | NORTH AMERICAN PROPPANT TRADE (million pounds)

      4. 5.4 Demand by Type

        $1,346.00

        1. Table | NORTH AMERICAN PROPPANT DEMAND BY TYPE (million pounds)

        2. 5.4.1 Sand

          $664.00

          1. Table | NORTH AMERICAN SAND PROPPANT DEMAND BY TYPE (million pounds)

          2. Table | NORTH AMERICAN RAW SAND PROPPANT DEMAND BY COUNTRY (million pounds)

          3. Table | NORTH AMERICAN COATED SAND PROPPANT DEMAND BY COUNTRY (million pounds)

        3. 5.4.2 Ceramic

          $388.00

          1. Table | NORTH AMERICAN CERAMIC PROPPANT DEMAND BY COUNTRY & TYPE (million pounds)

        4. 5.4.3 Other Proppants

          $111.00

          1. Table | NORTH AMERICAN OTHER PROPPANT DEMAND (million pounds)

      5. 5.5 Proppant Pricing

        $146.00

        1. Table | SELECTED PROPPANT PRICING (dollars per pound)

    6. 6 REGIONAL PROPPANT MARKETS

      $4,183.00

      1. 6.1 General

        $102.00

        1. Table | NORTH AMERICAN PROPPANT DEMAND BY COUNTRY (million pounds)

      2. 6.2 United States

        $3,485.00

        1. Table | UNITED STATES: KEY INDICATORS FOR PROPPANT DEMAND

        2. 6.2.1 United States: Proppant Demand

          $145.00

          1. Table | UNITED STATES: PROPPANT DEMAND BY TYPE & REGION

        3. 6.2.2 Southern Region

          $945.00

          1. Table | SOUTHERN REGION: KEY INDICATORS FOR PROPPANT DEMAND

          2. Table | SOUTHERN REGION: PROPPANT DEMAND BY TYPE & STATE

          3. Table | TEXAS: PROPPANT DEMAND BY TYPE

          4. Table | LOUISIANA: PROPPANT DEMAND BY TYPE

          5. Table | ARKANSAS: PROPPANT DEMAND BY TYPE

          6. Table | NEW MEXICO: PROPPANT DEMAND BY TYPE

          7. Table | OTHER SOUTHERN REGION: PROPPANT DEMAND BY TYPE

        4. 6.2.3 Midwestern Region

          $867.00

          1. Table | MIDWESTERN REGION: KEY INDICATORS FOR PROPPANT DEMAND

          2. Table | MIDWESTERN REGION: PROPPANT DEMAND BY TYPE & STATE

          3. Table | NORTH DAKOTA: PROPPANT DEMAND BY TYPE

          4. Table | OKLAHOMA: PROPPANT DEMAND BY TYPE

          5. Table | KANSAS: PROPPANT DEMAND

          6. Table | OHIO: PROPPANT DEMAND

          7. Table | OTHER MIDWESTERN REGION: PROPPANT DEMAND

        5. 6.2.4 Western Region

          $785.00

          1. Table | WESTERN REGION: KEY INDICATORS FOR PROPPANT DEMAND

          2. Table | WESTERN REGION:PROPPANT DEMAND BY TYPE & STATE

          3. Table | COLORADO:PROPPANT DEMAND BY TYPE

          4. Table | WYOMING:PROPPANT DEMAND BY TYPE

          5. Table | MONTANA:PROPPANT DEMAND BY TYPE

          6. Table | UTAH & OTHER WESTERN REGION: PROPPANT DEMAND BY TYPE

        6. 6.2.5 Eastern Region

          $528.00

          1. Table | EASTERN REGION: KEY INDICATORS FOR PROPPANT DEMAND

          2. Table | EASTERN REGION: PROPPANT DEMAND BY TYPE & STATE

          3. Table | PENNSYLVANIA: PROPPANT DEMAND BY TYPE

          4. Table | WEST VIRGINIA & OTHER EASTERN REGION: PROPPANT DEMAND

      3. 6.3 Canada

        $192.00

        1. 6.3.1 Canada: Market Environment

          $176.00

          1. Table | CANADA: KEY INDICATORS FOR PROPPANT DEMAND

      4. 6.4 Canada: Proppant Demand

        $404.00

        1. Table | CANADA: PROPPANT DEMAND BY TYPE & REGION

        2. Table | ALBERTA: PROPPANT DEMAND BY TYPE

        3. Table | OTHER CANADA: PROPPANT DEMAND BY TYPE

    7. 7 INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

      $4,272.00

      1. 7.1 General

        $109.00

        1. Table | NORTH AMERICAN PROPPANT SALES BY COMPANY, 2012 (million dollars)

      2. 7.2 Market Share

        $644.00

        1. 7.2.1 Raw Sand Proppant Market Share

          $217.00

        2. 7.2.2 Coated Sand Proppant Market Share

          $149.00

        3. 7.2.3 Ceramic Proppant Market Share

          $217.00

      3. 7.3 Industry Restructuring

        $89.00

        1. Table | SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES

      4. 7.4 Competitive Strategies

        $112.00

      5. 7.5 Cooperative Agreements

        $87.00

        1. Table | SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS

      6. 7.6 Transportation & Logistics

        $123.00

      7. 7.7 Research & Development

        $126.00

      8. 7.8 Company Profiles

        $2,774.00

        1. 7.8.1 Badger Mining Corporation

          $87.00

        2. 7.8.2 Baker Hughes Incorporated

          $82.00

        3. 7.8.3 Cadre Material Products LLC

          $82.00

        4. 7.8.4 Canfrac Sands Limited

          $82.00

        5. 7.8.5 Canyon Services Group Incorporated

          $85.00

        6. 7.8.6 CARBO Ceramics Incorporated

          $277.00

        7. 7.8.7 Carmeuse Group SA

          $82.00

        8. 7.8.8 Erna Frac Sand LC

          $82.00

        9. 7.8.9 Fairmount Minerals Limited

          $206.00

        10. 7.8.10 flexFrac Proppant Sand Suppliers

          $82.00

        11. 7.8.11 FORES LLC

          $82.00

        12. 7.8.12 FTS International Services LLC

          $188.00

        13. 7.8.13 Halliburton Company

          $82.00

        14. 7.8.14 Hi-Crush Partners LP

          $92.00

        15. 7.8.15 Imerys SA

          $123.00

        16. 7.8.16 Messina Incorporated

          $83.00

        17. 7.8.17 Mineraçao Curimbaba Limitada

          $82.00

        18. 7.8.18 Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC

          $204.00

        19. 7.8.19 Oxane Materials Incorporated

          $82.00

        20. 7.8.20 Pattison Sand Company LLC

          $82.00

        21. 7.8.21 Pioneer Natural Resources Company

          $100.00

        22. 7.8.22 Preferred Sands LLC

          $146.00

        23. 7.8.23 Saint-Gobain

          $129.00

        24. 7.8.24 SCR-Sibelco NV

          $128.00

        25. 7.8.25 Sierra Frac Sand LLC

          $82.00

        26. 7.8.26 Superior Silica Sands LLC

          $82.00

        27. 7.8.27 Texas Silica LLC

          $82.00

        28. 7.8.28 US Silica Holdings Incorporated

          $102.00

      9. 7.9 Other Companies Mentioned in Study

        $207.00

Back to Top