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Global Fracking Chemicals Market Research Report By Type (Gelling Agent, Friction Reducer, Corrosion Inhibitor, Biocide, Surfactant, Scale Inhibitor, Clay Stabilizer, Cross-Linkers, Ph Adjusting Agent, Iron Control Agent, and Others), Fluid Type (Water-Based, Oil-Based, and Foam-Based), And Region (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa)‚ÄĒForecast till 2032


ID: MRFR/CnM/4613-HCR | 100 Pages | Author: Chitranshi Jaiswal| June 2024

Fracking Chemicals Market Overview


The fracking chemicals market is expected to register a CAGR of 6.54% during the forecast period, 2024-2032. Fracking chemicals are the chemicals used in drilling operations along with water and sand to increase the extraction efficiency of hydrocarbons. The composition of the fracking fluid (fracking chemicals, water, and sand mixture) varies with each industry player depending on the availability of water in the manufacturing facility and regulations instructed by local as well as state governments. The hydraulic fluid can be water-based, oil-based, or foam-based. The fracking chemicals help to increase the extraction of oil and natural gas per well by hydraulic fracturing of the rocks by pressurization, thereby reducing the total number of wells needed to extract resources. Fracking chemicals also allow the commercialization of low permeability reservoirs in which oil and gas are not easily found for extraction. Fracking chemicals perform several functions such as a carrier, solvent, biocides, scale inhibitor, friction reducer, additive, corrosion inhibitor, and non-ionic surfactants. Rising demand for oil & gas across the globe owing to the growing fuel & energy demand on account of expanding population is the major growth driver to the global fracking chemicals market. Additionally, shifting trend toward horizontal drilling owing to its systemic mechanism to recover the unusual shale reserves with hydraulic fracturing technology is also contributing to the growth of the fracking chemicals market. Besides this, the continued development of unconventional sources of oil and gas in order to ensure energy security and to lessen dependence on foreign oil imports in many countries are also propelling the growth of the product market significantly. However, many fracking chemicals are identified as toxic and possess high VOC content by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which may restrict market growth during the forecast period. Moreover, various companies are investing in R&D and are striving toward the development of eco-friendly fracking chemicals. For instance, Halliburton Company has initiated the production of bio-based drill muds from guar gum to expand its product portfolio and meet the stringent regulations by the US EPA against the use of toxic fracking chemicals. Furthermore, non-toxic drilling fluids are developed, such as foam-based fluid (FBF), as an alternative to toxic oil-based fluid (OBF), which is difficult to remove from the drill hole. These research & development activities are expected to exhibit intense growth opportunities to the players operating in the global fracking chemicals market during the forecast period. Global Fracking Chemicals Market Share in 2017, by Type Fracking Chemicals Market Share Source: MRFR Analysis Market Segmentation The global fracking chemicals market has been segmented by type, fluid type, and region. On the basis of the function, the global fracking chemicals market has been segmented into the gelling agent, friction reducer, corrosion inhibitor, biocide, surfactant, scale inhibitor, clay stabilizer, cross-linkers, pH adjusting agent, iron control agent, and others. By fluid type, the global fracking chemical market has been categorized into water-based, oil-based, and foam-based.

Regional Analysis


The global fracking chemicals market has been segmented into five regions, namely Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa.  North America accounted for the largest share of the global fracking chemicals market in 2018 and is expected to show significant growth during the forecast period. The presence of a developed drilling industry due to major shale gas revolution in the US is majorly contributing to the demand for fracking chemicals in the region. Furthermore, advanced technology available to drill and recover oil & gas from unconventional resources is also boosting the market growth at an exponential rate. Europe is another major market for fracking chemicals due to growing offshore oilfield activities in the North Sea for exploring newer reserves.  Furthermore, the high rate of deployment of the mud-cap drilling technique in the region is also likely to create new growth opportunities for the fracking chemical companies in the next five years. The market in Asia-Pacific is expected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period. Rapid industrialization & urbanization in emerging economies of the region have vastly increased the demand for fuel and energy and thus, positively influencing the oilfield industry. The majority of oil & gas exploration and production activities are centered in China, Indonesia, South Korea, Australia, and India. The Middle East & Africa is expected to showcase increasing demand for fracking chemicals during the forecast period due to the high concentration of oilfield reserves and established oil & gas industries in the region. Latin America held the least share of the global fracking chemicals market in 2018 and is also expected to show sluggish growth during the forecast period due to the lesser number of oil & gas reserves in the region.

Key Players


Some of the major players operating in the global fracking chemicals market are AkzoNobel N.V. (The Netherlands), Ashland Inc. (US), Baker Hughes Incorporated (US), Halliburton. (US), Schlumberger Limited (US), BASF SE (Germany), Chevron Phillips Chemical Company (US), Clariant International AG (Switzerland), DowDuPont (US), Albemarle Corporation. (US), FTS International Inc. (US), Calfrac Well Services Ltd. (Canada), and EOG Resources, Inc. (US).

Recent Development


October 2021- Liberty Oilfield Services Inc., a Denver-based company, has announced the completion of acquiring a prominent supplier of proppant delivery equipment, software, and logistics solutions, PropX. The company reported a 12% in third-quarter revenue this year. Liberty becomes the send-largest provider of natural gas & oil producers with fracking and well-completion services, with this deal worth USD90 million. The deal comprised of USD5 million in cash and the other 5.8 million shares of Liberty’s common stock having net valued of over USD76.5 million based on a 30-day average closing share price of USD13.08. PropX, established in 2016, is a prominent supplier of last-mile proppant delivery solutions, including logistics software and proppant handling equipment across the North American region. The company offers advanced eco-friendly technology coupled with benefits such as canceling out emissions, reducing noise, driving logistics efficiency, wellsite proppant handling equipment, and better dry and wet sand containers. April 2021- California is set to ban new oil fracking by 2024 under an executive order that Gov. Gavin Newsom, announced that with small fanfare following months of confusing mixed messages.The order came as a shock to the oil firms in the state but a narrow victory for environmentalists, who have been forcing Newsom to do more to combat fossil fuels, pollutions, and climate change pollution in disadvantaged communities. Intended Audience

  • Fracking chemicals manufacturers

  • Traders and distributors of fracking chemicals

  • Research and development institutes

  • Potential investors

  • Raw material suppliers

  • Nationalized laboratory

Report Attribute/Metric Details
  Market Size   2030 : Significant Value
  CAGR   6.54% 2030
  Base Year   2023
  Forecast Period   2024-2032
  Historical Data   2019 & 2020
  Forecast Units   Value (USD Million)
  Report Coverage   Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
  Segments Covered   Type, Fluid Type
  Geographies Covered   North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World (RoW)
  Key Vendors   AkzoNobel N.V. (The Netherlands), Ashland Inc. (US), Baker Hughes Incorporated (US), Halliburton. (US), Schlumberger Limited (US), BASF SE (Germany), Chevron Phillips Chemical Company (US), Clariant International AG (Switzerland), DowDuPont (US), Albemarle Corporation. (US), FTS International Inc. (US), Calfrac Well Services Ltd. (Canada), and EOG Resources, Inc. (US)
  Key Market Opportunities   New product launches and R&D Amongst major key Players
  Key Market Drivers   Rising demand for oil & gas across the globe


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Fracking chemicals are a wide range of chemicals used in oil and gas drilling operations to make the extraction of hydrocarbons an easier process.

The market is expected to exhibit a strong 6.54% CAGR over the forecast period from 2024-2032.

The growing demand for fracking is the major driver for the fracking chemicals market.

North America is the major regional market for fracking chemicals due to the growing preference for fracking in the region.

Leading players in the fracking chemicals market include AkzoNobel, BASF, and Ashland, among others.

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