Global Oil and Gas Chemicals, By Upstream, Midstream and Downstream – Insights
Oil and gas chemicals are used in major oil field activities such as drilling, production, stimulation, enhanced oil recovery, and completion. They are used in various other operations for smooth functioning and improving productivity of the well. Additionally, oil and gas chemicals has applications in petroleum refining processes. Increase in energy demand, high consumption rate, and growing oilfield activities in deep and ultra-deep water has led to increase in growth of oil and gas chemicals market.
Upstream segment of oil and gas chemicals market is projected to be the dominant market and was valued at US$ 37.39 billion in 2016. Oil and gas chemicals are widely used in oilfield activity to extract, repair or enhance the total oil recovery during the life of an oilfield. Stimulation chemicals, which is a sub-segment of upstream oil and gas chemicals, is the dominant market in the oil and gas chemicals, owing to their wide use in oilfield E&P activities. Stimulation chemicals are one of the best suited measure to enhance the production of a well, and was projected at a value of US$ 16.58 billion in 2016. However, workover & completion chemicals are witnessed to attract the upstream oil and gas chemicals market at fast pace with a CAGR of 6.19% over the forecast period.
Midstream segment are witnessed to grow at a fast pace with a CAGR of 6.41% over the forecast period and was valued at US$ 8.59 billion in oil and gas chemicals market, owing to their wide use in major stages of petroleum industry, which includes processing, storage, and transportation. Desalting chemicals are projected to have the largest market in midstream oil and gas chemical and was valued at US$ 3.10 billion in 2016, owing to their use in decreasing the content of salt in the treated oil. However, Flow assurance is viewed to gain importance and attract the midstream oil and gas chemicals market over the forecast period with a CAGR of 6.69%.
Downstream segment is accounted to have a significant growth in oil and gas chemicals market due to the rising demand for refined products, such as kerosene, gasoline, jet fuels, lubricants, natural gas, and numerous other products. This segment was valued at US$ 6.55 billion in 2016. Petrochemical additives from the downstream segment are projected to be the dominant market in downstream oil and gas chemicals and are anticipated to continue their dominance over the forecast period.
North-America is witnessed to be the largest market in oil and gas chemicals and was valued at US$ 30.59 billion in 2016 with a consumption of 22,657 kilotons in 2016. Shale gas revolution and increased E&P in offshore basins has further contributed to the growth of oil and gas chemicals in this region. Also, superior technology has allowed North American shale producers to achieve breakeven at US$ 50 per barrel scenario. The availability of low cost feedstock has allowed petrochemical industry to thrive in the country. The major shale basins in the US are Permian, Niobrara, Eagle Ford, Bakken, Marcellus, and Anadarko.
However, Asia-Pacific is anticipated to be at a fastest growing region with a CARG of 7.36% over the forecast period. According to Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), the global oil consumption increased from 104 mboe/d to 268 mboe/d, an increase of 157%. This rapid increase has been attributed to increased consumption in the emerging economies of India, China, and ASEAN. Furthermore, OPEC forecasts the oil consumption to increase by 49% from 268 mboe/d to 399 mboe/d by 2040. Increase in consumption rate, industrialization, rising exploration, and production activities in China, India, Australia, etc. has given speed to the growth of oil and gas chemicals market in this region.
Figure 1. Global Oil and Gas for Upstream, Midstream and Downstream Market Share, By Region
North America is projected to have a dominant market in oil and gas chemicals in terms of market share and volume, which is anticipated to continue its dominance over the forecast period. However, Asia-Pacific is witnessed to have a fast pace in the oil and gas chemicals market.
Major Players in Oil and Gas Chemicals Market for Upstream, Midstream and Downstream
Major players operating the global oilfield chemical market include Baker Hughes, Akzo Nobel NV, Elementis Plc., NALCO Champion, Newpak Resources Inc., The Lubrizol Corporation, Halliburton Company, Solvay SA, and others.
Oil and gas chemicals are used in major oilfield operations such as drilling, completion, production, stimulation, enhanced oil recovery, and cementing. Therefore, oilfield operation and production activities are completely dependent on oil and gas chemicals for smooth and efficient functioning. Oil and gas chemicals are used in midstream and downstream sectors for storage, processing, transport, refining, obtaining refined products, and numerous other operations. However, upstream sector accounts the major share in oil and gas chemicals market, owing to their immense use in E&P activities to enhance production, repair and extend the life of an oilfield.
The emerging economies such as India and China are witnessed to have major investment opportunities among the major players.
Increasing energy demand, rise in E&P activities especially in deep and ultra-deep water, increase in consumption of oilfield products have led in burgeoning growth of oil and gas chemicals.
North America is witnessed to be the largest market in oil and gas chemicals market. Shale gas revolution and increase in offshore production have contributed to the growth of this region. Superior technology has allowed North American shale producers to achieve breakeven at US$ 50 per barrel scenario. Moreover, Middle East and Africa are accounted to be the significant regions in the oil and gas chemicals market.
Increase in demand for refined products such as kerosene, jet fuel, natural gas, etc., which is resulting in increasing production and thereby increase in the use and demand for oil and gas chemicals. However, oil price fluctuation across the globe along with political instability have restrained the market of oil and gas chemicals.
The report segments the global oil and gas chemicals market on basis of application and geography. On the basis of application, the market is categorized into Upstream, Midstream, and Downstream. Among these, the upstream segment dominate the oil and gas chemicals market. On the basis of geography, the market is divided into North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa. Among all regions, North America contributes major market share supported by increased offshore production and shale gas boom. However, Asia Pacific is witnessed to have a fastest growth over the forecast period.
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