Middle East & Africa Proppants Market - Segmented by Technology, Application, and Geography - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

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Middle East & Africa Proppants Market

The Middle East & Africa proppants market is expected to register a CAGR of 11.52% by volume during the forecast period of 2018 - 2023.  The demand for proppants is likely to be driven by the industrialization and increasing demand for energy, which have led to improvements in hydraulic fracturing technologies and commercial extraction of unconventional gases. This has resulted in a significant growth in the demand for proppants. Proppants play an integral role in the fracking process.

Increasing Usage of Frac Sand (Quantity per Well)

Frac sands are mixed with water and various chemicals, to fracture shale formations to unleash oil & natural gas reserves. Companies, like US Silica (a leading producer of silica sands and frac sands), have produced premium quality frac sand that is coated with an oily resin, which allows crude oil to slip past easily. The manufacturing of higher quality frac sands is expected to augment the demand for frac sands. Further, in response to the upcoming demand of frac sands, the largest providers of fracking services, like Halliburton, have more than doubled their fleets of railcars and increased the capacity of their sand terminals, where sand is reloaded from trains to trucks. The trend of further optimization techniques in fracking is boosting the demand for frac sand per well.     

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Frac Sand to Dominate the Middle East & Africa Proppants Market

In 2017, owing to its efficiency, low cost, and easy availability, frac sand accounted for over 80% of the total proppants used in Middle East & Africa. Frac sand proppants are the most widely used category of proppants for hydraulic fracturing in the region. Frac sand proppants are made of highly pure and durable sand with round grains. They are majorly made out of sandstone or bauxite. Their size ranges from about 0.1 mm in diameter to 2 mm in diameter, depending on the requirement of the fracking job.

Saudi Arabia Poised to Lead the Market

Saudi Arabia is estimated to have over 1,000 tcf (trillion cubic feet) of non-conventional hydrocarbons, comprising of shale gas, tight gas, and ultra-sour gas, of which, only recoverable shale gas resources amount to 645 tcf. Amid the soaring domestic gas consumption and competition between various industries to source gas feedstock required to fuel the plants, Saudi Arabia launched an ambitious plan to tap unconventional gas reserves of natural gas trapped in shale and tight sands. As a part of an ambitious domestic gas production plan to double gas output over the next decade, to 23 billion standard cubic feet per day (scf/d), gas sourced from shale formations is an important contributor to meet the energy demands of the country. Until 2016, Saudi Aramco had to import ceramic proppants to hold open the fractures created. However, in 2017, the company initiated the utilization of proppant mixture, which contains 70% sand (with 95% quartz content) and 30% ceramic proppant. This domestically manufactured mixture was observed to outperform ceramic proppant using a similar design.

In addition, Delmon has commenced the local production of Frac sand and proppant, as a product for the fracking of shale gas, and has created a special line in its product portfolio.

 Notable Developments in Middle East & Africa Proppants Market

  • In July 2017, Baker Hughes and GE Oil & Gas completed their merger, creating the world’s first and only full-stream oil & gas company.
  • In July 2017, Badger Mining announced plans to create a new frac sand mine.

Middle East & Africa Proppants Market Major Players:

  • Saint-Gobain Proppants
  • Hexion Inc.
  • Superior Silica

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1. Introduction

                1.1 Research Methodology

                1.2 Scope of the Report

2. Executive Summary

3. Market Insights

                3.1 Supply Chain Overview

                3.2 Technological Snapshot

                3.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

                                3.3.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

                                3.3.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

                                3.3.3 Threat of New Entrants

                                3.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

                                3.3.5 Degree of Competition

                3.4 Price Analysis

4. Market Dynamics

                4.1 Drivers

                                4.1.1 Improvements in Fracking Technology

                                4.1.2 Increasing Usage of Frac Sand (Quantity per Well)

                                4.1.3 Increasing Shale Gas Production Activities

                4.2 Restraints

                                4.2.1 Environmental Concerns and Legislations

                4.3 Opportunities

                                4.3.1 Shifting Focus toward the Usage of Ceramic Proppants

5. Market Segmentation and Analysis

                5.1 By Product Type

                                5.1.1 Frac Sand

                                5.1.2 Resin Coated

                                5.1.3 Ceramic

6. Regional Market Analysis (Market Size, Share, and Forecast)

                6.1 Saudi Arabia

                6.2 Algeria

                6.3 UAE

                6.4 Egypt

                6.5 Rest of Middle East & Africa

7. Future of the Market

8. Competitive Landscape

                8.1 Mergers & Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

                8.2 Market Share Analysis**

                8.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

9. Company Profiles (Overview, Financials**, Products & Services, Recent Developments, Analyst View)

                9.1 Badger Mining Corp.

                9.2 Baker Hughes Inc.

                9.3 Carbo Ceramics Inc.

                9.4 Coorstek Inc.

                9.5 Eager Materials Inc.

                9.6 EOG Resources Inc.

                9.7 Emerge Energy Services (Superior Silica Sands)

                9.8 Fairmount Santrol

                9.9 Fores Ltd

                9.10 Halliburton

                9.11 Hexion Inc.

                9.12 Hi Crush Partners LP

                9.13 Imerys

                9.14 Mississippi Sand LLC

                9.15 Preferred Sands LLC

                9.16 Saint-Gobain, North America

                9.17 Schlumberger Ltd

                9.18 US Silica

                9.19 Unimin Energy Solutions

                *List Not Exhaustive

10. Disclaimer

**Subject to Feasibility and Availability on the Public Domain

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