Drilling chemicals are majorly used in processes such as oil & gas exploration, metal & mineral extraction, coal seam gas drilling, and bore well drilling. Drilling chemicals are useful in terms of cooling and lubrication of drilling equipment, maintaining the pressure, removing cuttings from bore wells, and providing support and stabilizing the bore well area. Drilling chemicals are widely used to aid in drilling boreholes into the earth’s crust.
Severe environmental conditions such as desert topography, extreme high and low temperatures, and dry environment necessitate the deployment of various types of drilling chemicals either as a cooling agent or as a lubricant for oil field drilling processes. Among applications, the onshore drilling segment holds a dominant position in the market.
Global Drilling Chemicals Market was valued at US$ 11974.03 Mn in 2021 in terms of revenue, exhibiting a CAGR of 5.67 % during the forecast period (2022 to 2030).
Investments in onshore and offshore oil and gas drilling have grown substantially in various parts of the world to extract fossil fuels. Enormous demand for fossil fuels in energy generation is thus a key driver for drilling chemicals market.
Strides made in the strategic production of shale oil and gas in some parts of the world are propelling the expansion of avenues in the drilling chemicals market. Several specialty chemicals in shale gas extraction have steadily been used in various hydraulic fracturing methods.
The COVID-19 outbreak impacted the drilling chemicals market negatively. The market witnessed a sharp decline in demand for drilling chemicals from various industries. Due to the lockdown and shutdown of production factories, the COVID-19 pandemic had a negative impact on market demand. The oil & gas sector has been severely affected due to the COVID-19 outbreak as it resulted in lockdown, which impacted numerous end-use industries owing to disruptions in vendor operations and supply chain. The production facilities have faced major disruptions. Closures of borders and export bans have led to a fluctuation in raw material prices and supplies.
Figure 1. Global Drilling Chemicals Market Value Share (%), By Region, 2021
Impact of drilling chemicals on the environment
Drilling operations require drilling fluids that contain additive chemicals injected through the drill string. These chemicals, when mixed with stone cuttings, from residues, which when discharge result in detrimental effects on the surrounding ecosystem. The contaminants from this residue get mixed with groundwater and make the groundwater toxic. This causes serious water and soil pollution and disturbs the natural habitat of various organisms. Biodegradable chemicals are costly thus resulting in limited adoption. Various governments around the world have imposed severe regulations on the usage and discharge of drilling fluids to control pollution.
|Base Year:||2021||Market Size in 2021:||US$ 11974.03 Mn|
|Historical Data for:||2017-2020||Estimated Year:||2022|
|Forecast Period 2022 to 2030 CAGR:||5.67 %||Forecast Period:||2022-2030|
Anchor Drilling Fluids Inc., MB Holding Company LLC, Tetra Technologies Inc., International Drilling Fluids and Engineering Services (Idec) Ltd., Canadian Energy Services Inc., Weatherford International Ltd., Global Fluids & Chemical Co., Baker Hughes, Newpark Drilling Fluids LLC., Diamoco Group, M-I SWACO, Schlumberger, Oren Hydrocarbons, and Halliburton.
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Chemicals with lower exposure toxicity, reduced flammability or flashpoint, greater biodegradability, lower bioaccumulation, and sustainability in both application and production are examples of green solutions in the chemicals fields.
Figure 2. Global Drilling Chemicals Market value Share (%), By Product Type, 2021
Major players operating in the global drilling chemicals market include Anchor Drilling Fluids Inc., MB Holding Company LLC, Tetra Technologies Inc., International Drilling Fluids and Engineering Services (Idec) Ltd., Canadian Energy Services Inc., Weatherford International Ltd., Global Fluids & Chemical Co., Baker Hughes, Newpark Drilling Fluids LLC., Diamoco Group, M-I SWACO, Schlumberger, Oren Hydrocarbons, and Halliburton.
Drilling chemicals are also called drilling muds which are heavy, viscous fluid mixture that is used in oil and gas drilling operations to carry rock cuttings to the surface and also to lubricate and cool the drill bit. Drilling chemicals find application in simpler bore holes such as water wells and metal and mineral extraction. Depending on the application, drilling chemicals are classified into onshore and offshore chemicals. Therefore, increasing demand for drilling chemicals is expected to boost the drilling chemicals market growth over the forecast period.
Among applications, the onshore drilling segment is expected to witness a significant market share in the global drilling chemicals market. In 2021, the segment accounted for around 70.0% share of the global drilling chemicals market in terms of revenue. The onshore oil and natural gas industry continue to evolve, developing best practices and improving well designs. This evolution resulted in reduced drilling and completion times, lower total well costs, and increased well performance.
Asia Pacific is expected to emerge as one of the potential areas for investment by the end of 2030. This is owing to the significant growth of the oil and gas industry in India and China. According to India Brand Equity Foundation, the oil and natural gas industry in India is expected to attract US$ 25 billion investment in exploration and production projects by 2022.
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