World Well Stimulation Materials

Demand will be driven by high oil prices, which spur drilling activity; and by the depth and challenge of many wells, which require greater amounts of proppants and chemicals to complete.

World demand to rise 12% annually through 2017

World demand for well stimulation materials is projected to increase more than 12 percent per year to over 65 million metric tons in 2017, valued at $23 billion. Hydraulic fracturing and acidizing have both been used for decades to boost production, especially in aging or damaged oil and gas wells. However, in recent years the combination of multistage hydraulic fracturing with horizontal drilling technologies has enabled the development of resources previously considered technically or economically unfeasible.

Increased activity in these unconventional production areas has dramatically boosted sales of proppants and the fluids used to deliver them into downhole fractures. These fluids, comprised of gelling agents, friction reducers, specialty additives, and other chemicals, are generally formulated for specific wells. Demand in these and similar regions is driven by high oil prices, which spur drilling activity; and by the depth and challenging geology of these wells, which require greater amounts of proppants and chemicals to complete.

Although oil and/or natural gas are produced in most countries, four countries -- the United States, Canada, China, and Russia -- account for a large majority of well stimulation materials demand. These countries not only drill the most wells but also have large, older oilfields in which stimulation technologies have been proven to increase output. Outside the four major markets, acidizing is often the preferred stimulation method, particularly in carbonate formations.

Proppants to retain largest share of demand

Proppants will continue to account for the largest share of demand in volume terms, more than 80 percent in 2017. Uncoated sand accounts for the great majority of proppants used in the US and Canada. In these countries, ceramic proppants are used mainly in wells with higher closure pressures and other challenging environments. In contrast, ceramic proppants are the leading proppant type in the Chinese and Russian markets. In these countries, well depths and pressure often favor the use of ceramic proppants. Moreover, these countries do not have sufficient supplies of sand with the necessary performance properties to be used in hydraulic fracturing.

Trends in chemical consumption will be influenced by fluid formulation trends. Gelled fluids will continue to account for a large share of the market, which will sustain demand for such products as gelling agents, crosslinkers, and breakers. In the US and Canada, growing use of “slickwater” formulations that have lower overall ingredient loadings will boost demand for friction reducers, biocides, and corrosion inhibitors.

Study Scope

This study analyzes the 36.8 million metric ton world well stimulation material industry. 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, gases, acids, gelling agents, crosslinking agents, breakers, friction reducers, corrosion and scale inhibitors, biocides), world region, and for four key countries.

The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share, and profiles 52 industry players, including Fairmount Minerals, CARBO Ceramics and Momentive Specialty Chemicals.

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  1. World Well Stimulation Materials

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    1. 1 INTRODUCTION

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    2. 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

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      1. Table | WORLD WELL STIMULATION MATERIALS DEMAND (thousand metric tons)

    3. 3 MARKET ENVIRONMENT

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      1. 3.1 General

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      2. 3.2 World Economic Overview

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        1. 3.2.1 Recent Historical Trends

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        2. 3.2.2 World Economic Outlook

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          1. Table | WORLD GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT BY REGION (billion 2011 dollars)

      3. 3.3 World Demographic Outlook

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        1. Table | WORLD POPULATION BY REGION (million persons)

      4. 3.4 World Oil & Gas Outlook

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        1. Table | WORLD OIL & GAS PRODUCTION BY REGION (quadrillion Btu)

        2. Table | WORLD OIL & GAS PRODUCTION, 2012 (281.3 quadrillion Btu)

        3. 3.4.1 World Crude Oil Outlook

          $364.00

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

          2. Table | WORLD CRUDE OIL PROVED RESERVES, 2012 (1.5 trillion barrels)

          3. Table | WORLD TECHNICALLY RECOVERABLE SHALE OIL RESERVES, 2012 (345 billion barrels)

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

          5. Table | WORLD CRUDE OIL FIELD PRODUCTION, 2012 (27.5 billion barrels)

          6. Table | CRUDE OIL SPOT PRICES, 2002-2012 (dollars per barrel)

        4. 3.4.2 World Natural Gas Outlook

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

          2. Table | WORLD NATURAL GAS PROVED RESERVES, 2012 (6.8 quadrillion cubic feet)

          3. Table | WORLD TECHNICALLY RECOVERABLE SHALE GAS RESERVES, 2012 (7.3 quadrillion cubic feet)

          4. Table | WORLD DRY NATURAL GAS PRODUCTION BY REGION (trillion cubic feet)

          5. Table | WORLD DRY NATURAL GAS PRODUCTION, 2012 (118.4 trillion cubic feet)

          6. Table | NATURAL GAS PRICES, 2002-2012 (dollars per thousand cubic feet)

      5. 3.5 Oilfield Services Overview

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        1. Table | WORLD DRILLING ACTIVITY

      6. 3.6 Environmental & Regulatory Issues

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    4. 4 TECHNOLOGY

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      1. 4.1 General

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      2. 4.2 Well Drilling & Completion

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        1. 4.2.1 Horizontal Drilling

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        2. 4.2.2 Multilateral Drilling

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        3. 4.2.3 Coiled Tubing Drilling

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        4. 4.2.4 Well Completion

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      3. 4.3 Well Stimulation Technologies

        $772.00

        1. 4.3.1 Hydraulic Fracturing

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        2. 4.3.2 Multistage Fracturing

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        3. 4.3.3 Nitrogen Fracturing

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        4. 4.3.4 Refracturing

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        5. 4.3.5 Acidizing

          $282.00

        6. 4.3.6 Other Well Stimulation Technologies

          $97.00

      4. 4.4 Well Stimulation Fluids

        $319.00

        1. 4.4.1 Fracturing Fluids

          $216.00

        2. 4.4.2 Acidizing Fluids

          $82.00

      5. 4.5 Unconventional Resource Development

        $228.00

        1. 4.5.1 Shale Formations

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        2. 4.5.2 Tight Oil & Gas

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        3. 4.5.3 Coalbed Methane

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    5. 5 OVERVIEW

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      1. 5.1 General

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        1. Table | WORLD WELL STIMULATION MATERIALS DEMAND BY TYPE & COUNTRY (thousand metric tons)

      2. 5.2 Proppants

        $1,090.00

        1. Table | WORLD PROPPANT DEMAND BY TYPE & COUNTRY (thousand metric tons)

        2. 5.2.1 Sand

          $409.00

          1. Table | WORLD SAND PROPPANT DEMAND BY TYPE & COUNTRY (thousand metric tons)

        3. 5.2.2 Ceramic

          $432.00

          1. Table | WORLD CERAMIC PROPPANT DEMAND BY TYPE & COUNTRY (thousand metric tons)

        4. 5.2.3 Other Proppants

          $90.00

          1. Table | OTHER PROPPANT DEMAND BY COUNTRY (thousand metric tons)

      3. 5.3 Chemicals

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        1. Table | WORLD WELL STIMULATION CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE & COUNTRY (thousand metric tons)

        2. 5.3.1 Fluid Materials

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          1. Table | WORLD WELL STIMULATION FLUID MATERIAL DEMAND BY TYPE & COUNTRY (thousand metric tons)

          2. Table | WORLD WELL STIMULATION GASES DEMAND BY TYPE & COUNTRY (thousand metric tons)

          3. Table | WORLD WELL STIMULATION ACIDS DEMAND BY COUNTRY (thousand metric tons)

          4. Table | WORLD WELL STIMULATION GELLING AGENT DEMAND BY COUNTRY (thousand metric tons)

          5. Table | WORLD WELL STIMULATION CROSSLINKING AGENT DEMAND BY COUNTRY (thousand metric tons)

          6. Table | WORLD WELL STIMULATION BREAKER DEMAND BY COUNTRY (thousand metric tons)

          7. Table | OTHER WELL STIMULATION FLUID MATERIAL DEMAND BY TYPE & COUNTRY (thousand metric tons)

        3. 5.3.2 Fluid Additives

          $543.00

          1. Table | WORLD WELL STIMULATION FLUID ADDITIVE DEMAND BY TYPE & COUNTRY (thousand metric tons)

          2. Table | WORLD WELL STIMULATION CORROSION & SCALE INHIBITOR DEMAND BY COUNTRY (thousand metric tons)

          3. Table | WORLD WELL STIMULATION BIOCIDE DEMAND BY COUNTRY (thousand metric tons)

          4. Table | OTHER WELL STIMULATION FLUID ADDITIVE DEMAND BY TYPE & COUNTRY (thousand metric tons)

    6. 6 UNITED STATES

      $1,149.00

      1. 6.1 United States: General

        $82.00

      2. 6.2 United States: Oil & Gas Outlook

        $191.00

        1. Table | UNITED STATES: KEY INDICATORS FOR WELL STIMULATION MATERIALS DEMAND

      3. 6.3 United States: Well Stimulation Materials Demand

        $881.00

        1. Table | UNITED STATES: WELL STIMULATION MATERIALS DEMAND BY TYPE (thousand metric tons)

        2. 6.3.1 United States: Proppants

          $476.00

          1. Table | UNITED STATES: PROPPANT DEMAND BY TYPE (thousand metric tons)

        3. 6.3.2 United States: Chemicals

          $320.00

          1. Table | UNITED STATES: WELL STIMULATION CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE (thousand metric tons)

          2. Table | UNITED STATES: WELL STIMULATION FLUID MATERIAL DEMAND BY TYPE (thousand metric tons)

          3. Table | UNITED STATES: WELL STIMULATION FLUID ADDITIVE DEMAND BY TYPE (thousand metric tons)

    7. 7 CANADA

      $650.00

      1. 7.1 Canada: General

        $82.00

      2. 7.2 Canada: Oil & Gas Outlook

        $182.00

        1. Table | CANADA: KEY INDICATORS FOR WELL STIMULATION MATERIALS DEMAND

      3. 7.3 Canada: Well Stimulation Materials Demand

        $404.00

        1. Table | CANADA: WELL STIMULATION MATERIALS DEMAND BY TYPE (thousand metric tons)

        2. 7.3.1 Canada: Proppants

          $152.00

          1. Table | CANADA: PROPPANT DEMAND BY TYPE (thousand metric tons)

        3. 7.3.2 Canada: Chemicals

          $188.00

          1. Table | CANADA: WELL STIMULATION CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE (thousand metric tons)

          2. Table | CANADA: WELL STIMULATION FLUID MATERIALS DEMAND (thousand metric tons)

          3. Table | CANADA: WELL STIMULATION FLUID ADDITIVE DEMAND (thousand metric tons)

    8. 8 CHINA

      $656.00

      1. 8.1 China: General

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      2. 8.2 China: Oil & Gas Outlook

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        1. Table | CHINA: KEY INDICATORS FOR WELL STIMULATION MATERIALS DEMAND

      3. 8.3 China: Well Stimulation Materials Demand

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        1. Table | CHINA: WELL STIMULATION MATERIALS DEMAND BY TYPE (thousand metric tons)

        2. 8.3.1 China: Proppants

          $85.00

          1. Table | CHINA: PROPPANT DEMAND (thousand metric tons)

        3. 8.3.2 China: Chemicals

          $164.00

          1. Table | CHINA: WELL STIMULATION CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE (thousand metric tons)

          2. Table | CHINA: WELL STIMULATION FLUID MATERIALS DEMAND (thousand metric tons)

          3. Table | CHINA: WELL STIMULATION FLUID ADDITIVES DEMAND (thousand metric tons)

    9. 9 RUSSIA

      $576.00

      1. 9.1 Russia: General

        $83.00

      2. 9.2 Russia: Oil & Gas Outlook

        $136.00

        1. Table | RUSSIA: KEY INDICATORS FOR WELL STIMULATION MATERIALS DEMAND

      3. 9.3 Russia: Well Stimulation Materials Demand

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        1. Table | RUSSIA: WELL STIMULATION MATERIALS DEMAND BY TYPE (thousand metric tons)

        2. 9.3.1 Russia: Proppants

          $82.00

          1. Table | RUSSIA: PROPPANT DEMAND (thousand metric tons)

        3. 9.3.2 Russia: Chemicals

          $134.00

          1. Table | RUSSIA: WELL STIMULATION CHEMICAL DEMAND BY TYPE (thousand metric tons)

          2. Table | RUSSIA: WELL STIMULATION FLUID MATERIALS DEMAND (thousand metric tons)

          3. Table | RUSSIA: WELL STIMULATION FLUID ADDITIVES DEMAND (thousand metric tons)

    10. 10 OTHER REGIONS

      $1,859.00

      1. 10.1 General

        $83.00

      2. 10.2 Latin America

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        1. 10.2.1 Latin America: General

          $83.00

        2. 10.2.2 Latin America: Oil & Gas Outlook

          $131.00

          1. Table | LATIN AMERICA*: KEY INDICATORS FOR WELL STIMULATION MATERIALS DEMAND

        3. 10.2.3 Latin America: Well Stimulation Materials Demand by Type

          $189.00

          1. Table | LATIN AMERICA*: WELL STIMULATION MATERIALS DEMAND BY TYPE (thousand metric tons)

        4. 10.2.4 Latin America: Well Stimulation Materials Demand by Country

          $115.00

          1. Table | LATIN AMERICA*: WELL STIMULATION MATERIALS DEMAND BY COUNTRY

      3. 10.3 Europe

        $562.00

        1. 10.3.1 Europe: General

          $198.00

        2. 10.3.2 Europe: Oil & Gas Outlook

          $82.00

          1. Table | EUROPE*: KEY INDICATORS FOR WELL STIMULATION MATERIALS DEMAND

        3. 10.3.3 Europe: Well Stimulation Materials Demand by Type

          $123.00

          1. Table | EUROPE*: WELL STIMULATION MATERIALS DEMAND BY TYPE (thousand metric tons)

        4. 10.3.4 Europe: Well Stimulation Materials Demand by Country

          $160.00

          1. Table | EUROPE*: WELL STIMULATION MATERIALS DEMAND BY COUNTRY

      4. 10.4 Asia/Pacific

        $342.00

        1. 10.4.1 Asia/Pacific: General

          $82.00

        2. 10.4.2 Asia/Pacific: Oil & Gas Outlook

          $82.00

          1. Table | ASIA/PACIFIC*: KEY INDICATORS FOR WELL STIMULATION MATERIALS DEMAND

        3. 10.4.3 Asia/Pacific: Well Stimulation Materials Demand by Type

          $87.00

          1. Table | ASIA/PACIFIC*: WELL STIMULATION MATERIALS DEMAND BY TYPE (thousand metric tons)

        4. 10.4.4 Asia/Pacific: Well Stimulation Materials Demand by Country

          $108.00

          1. Table | ASIA/PACIFIC*: WELL STIMULATION MATERIALS DEMAND BY COUNTRY

      5. 10.5 Africa/Mideast

        $354.00

        1. 10.5.1 Africa/Mideast: General

          $82.00

        2. 10.5.2 Africa/Mideast: Oil & Gas Outlook

          $122.00

          1. Table | AFRICA/MIDEAST: KEY INDICATORS FOR WELL STIMULATION MATERIALS DEMAND

        3. 10.5.3 Africa/Mideast: Well Stimulation Materials Demand

          $158.00

          1. Table | AFRICA/MIDEAST: WELL STIMULATION MATERIALS DEMAND BY TYPE (thousand metric tons)

    11. 11 INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

      $5,644.00

      1. 11.1 General

        $167.00

        1. Table | WELL STIMULATION MATERIALS SALES BY COMPANY, 2012 (million dollars)

      2. 11.2 Market Share

        $287.00

        1. Table | WORLD WELL STIMULATION MATERIALS MARKET SHARE, 2012 ($15.6 billion)

      3. 11.3 Industry Restructuring

        $82.00

        1. Table | SELECTED ACQUISITIONS & DIVESTITURES

      4. 11.4 Cooperative Agreements

        $97.00

        1. Table | SELECTED COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS

      5. 11.5 Marketing & Distribution

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      6. 11.6 Research & Development

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      7. 11.7 Transportation & Logistics

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      8. 11.8 Competitive Strategies

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      9. 11.9 Company Profiles

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        1. 11.9.1 Air Liquide Group

          $82.00

        2. 11.9.2 Air Products and Chemicals Incorporated

          $112.00

        3. 11.9.3 Akzo Nobel NV

          $82.00

        4. 11.9.4 Ashland Incorporated

          $82.00

        5. 11.9.5 Badger Mining Corporation

          $85.00

        6. 11.9.6 Baker Hughes Incorporated

          $127.00

        7. 11.9.7 Cadre Material Products LLC

          $82.00

        8. 11.9.8 Canyon Services Group Incorporated

          $101.00

        9. 11.9.9 CARBO Ceramics Incorporated

          $213.00

        10. 11.9.10 Carmeuse Group SA

          $82.00

        11. 11.9.11 Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC

          $82.00

        12. 11.9.12 China GengSheng Minerals Incorporated

          $82.00

        13. 11.9.13 Dorf Ketal Chemicals India Private Limited

          $82.00

        14. 11.9.14 Dow Chemical Company

          $82.00

        15. 11.9.15 DuPont (EI) de Nemours

          $82.00

        16. 11.9.16 Ecolab Incorporated

          $237.00

        17. 11.9.17 Erna Frac Sand LC

          $82.00

        18. 11.9.18 Fairmount Minerals Limited

          $174.00

        19. 11.9.19 Ferus Incorporated

          $82.00

        20. 11.9.20 flexFrac Proppant Sand Suppliers

          $82.00

        21. 11.9.21 FMC Corporation

          $82.00

        22. 11.9.22 FORES LLC

          $82.00

        23. 11.9.23 FTS International Services LLC

          $156.00

        24. 11.9.24 Halliburton Company

          $185.00

        25. 11.9.25 Hebei Ceramic Proppant Company Limited

          $82.00

        26. 11.9.26 Hi-Crush Partners LP

          $82.00

        27. 11.9.27 Huber (JM) Corporation

          $82.00

        28. 11.9.28 Imerys SA

          $102.00

        29. 11.9.29 Jiaozuo FangHua Ceramics Company Limited

          $82.00

        30. 11.9.30 JSC Borovichi Refractories Plant

          $82.00

        31. 11.9.31 Linde Group

          $82.00

        32. 11.9.32 Messina Incorporated

          $82.00

        33. 11.9.33 Mineraçao Curimbaba Limitada

          $82.00

        34. 11.9.34 Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC

          $192.00

        35. 11.9.35 PfP Industries LLC

          $82.00

        36. 11.9.36 Pioneer Natural Resources Company

          $82.00

        37. 11.9.37 Praxair Incorporated

          $116.00

        38. 11.9.38 Preferred Sands LLC

          $112.00

        39. 11.9.39 Rio Tinto Group

          $82.00

        40. 11.9.40 Saint-Gobain

          $114.00

        41. 11.9.41 Schlumberger Limited

          $180.00

        42. 11.9.42 SCR-Sibelco NV

          $116.00

        43. 11.9.43 Shaanxi GuangYu Ceramic Proppant Company Limited

          $82.00

        44. 11.9.44 Sierra Frac Sand LLC

          $82.00

        45. 11.9.45 Solvay SA

          $82.00

        46. 11.9.46 Superior Silica Sands LLC

          $82.00

        47. 11.9.47 Texas Silica LLC

          $82.00

        48. 11.9.48 US Silica Holdings Incorporated

          $101.00

        49. 11.9.49 Xinmi Wanli Industry Development Company Limited

          $82.00

        50. 11.9.50 Yangquan Roewe Oil Fracturing Proppant Company Limited

          $82.00

        51. 11.9.51 Yixing Orient Petroleum Proppant Company Limited

          $82.00

        52. 11.9.52 Zhengzhou Yongtai Ceramsite Company Limited

          $82.00

      10. 11.10 Other Companies Mentioned in Study

        $340.00

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