Oilfield Chemicals Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Oilfield Chemicals Market is Segmented by Chemical Type (Biocides, Corrosion and Scale Inhibitors, Demulsifiers, Polymers, Surfactants, and Other Chemical Types), Application (Drilling and Cementing, Enhanced Oil Recovery, Production, Well Stimulation, and Workover and Completion), and Geography (Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe, South America, and Middle-East and Africa). The report offers market size and forecasts for all the above segments in revenue (USD million).

Market Snapshot

Oilfield Chemicals Market Summary
Study Period: 2017-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: North America
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: >4 %
Oilfield Chemicals Market Major Players

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Market Overview

The oilfield chemicals market is expected to register a CAGR of over 4% during the forecast period. This market is driven by a number of factors, such as increasing shale gas exploration and production. Due to deepwater drilling operations, the creation of new business horizons is expected to act as a major opportunity for the oilfield chemicals market.

· Growing demand for petroleum-based fuel from the transportation industry is expected to drive the market’s demand during the forecast period.

· Over the past year, there has been a downfall in consumption due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it is starting to rise again in line with the lifting of restrictions globally.

· Clean energy initiatives are likely to hinder the market growth.

· Production opportunities provided by developing countries are projected to act as drivers for the market in the future.

· Chemical Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) has been adjudged as an efficient oil recovery technique to recover bypassed oil and residual oil trapped in the reservoir. This EOR method relies on the injection of chemicals to boost oil recovery. ​

Scope of the Report

Oilfield chemicals are a sub-class of specialty chemicals used in applications based on oil extraction, production, and refining. They are composed of petroleum sulfonate, anionic polyacrylamide, Fe-Cr lignosulfonate, and xanthan gum. The oilfield chemicals market is segmented by chemical type, application, and geography. By chemical type, the market is segmented into biocides, corrosion and scale inhibitors, demulsifiers, polymers, surfactants, and other chemical types. By application, the market is segmented into drilling and cementing, enhanced oil recovery, production, well stimulation, and workover and completion. The report also covers the size and forecasts for the oilfield chemicals market in 21 countries across major regions. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done on the basis of revenue (USD million).

Chemical Type
Corrosion and Scale Inhibitors
Other Chemical Types
Drilling and Cementing
Enhanced Oil Recovery
Well Stimulation
Workover and Completion
Australia & New Zealand
Rest of Asia-Pacific
North America
Rest of Europe
South America
Rest of South America
Middle-East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Drilling and Cementing Application to Dominate the Market

· In the drilling segment, oilfield chemicals are used to stabilize temperature and prevent contaminated products from entering the drilling fluid system.

· They are also added as additives to the drilling fluids used to maintain the hydrostatic pressure and clear the wellbore from cuttings.

· The rise in deepwater drilling activities is expected to drive the oilfield chemicals market in the future.

· According to the US Energy Administration (EIA), in 2021, US dry shale gas production was 75 billion cubic feet per day, while in 2019, it was around 70 billion cubic feet per day. This led to a significant rise of about 7% during the same period. This upward trend is expected to increase as the population is shifting more toward the usage of natural shale gas.

· Additionally, the massive demand for technologically advanced cementing products, such as selvol polyvinyl alcohol with non-ionic and low-viscous properties, is expected to create opportunities for the oilfield chemicals market.

Oilfield Chemicals Market, Revenue (%), by Application, Global, 2021

North America to Dominate the Market

· The North American region dominates the global oilfield chemicals market due to an increased emphasis on shale gas production and exploration.

· Shale gas production has been increasing exceptionally over recent years. Due to increasing demand from the major developing economies of North America, the demand for natural gas is expected to grow over the forecast period.

· As per the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), the annual revenue generated from upstream oil and natural gas in Canada from 2018-2020 was USD 209 billion.

· The crude oil production in 2020 was 4,467 thousand barrels per day, while it increased to 4,677 thousand barrels per day in 2021. Production is estimated to remain at 5,855 thousand barrels per day in the forecast period till 2035.

· According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), in 2020, US natural gas production reached 34.4 trillion cubic feet (Tcf). The US accounts for the major share in North America, mainly due to the shale gas industry boom, advancements in technologies, and increasing oil exports.

· According to Energy Shale Gas Production, the total natural gas production is projected to contribute 30% and more than 75% in Canada and Mexico, respectively, by 2040.

· Hence, all such factors are expected to drive the growth of the oil and gas industry in North America, which is further expected to boost demand for the oilfield stimulation chemicals market.​

Oilfield Chemicals Market - Growth Rate by Region, 2022-2027

Competitive Landscape

The oilfield chemicals market is highly consolidated. Key players in the oilfield chemicals market include Halliburton, Schlumberger Limited, Solvay, Baker Hughes Company, and Champion X.

Recent Developments

  • The recent developments pertaining to the major players in the market are covered in the complete study.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Drivers

      1. 4.1.1 Increased Shale Gas Exploration and Production

      2. 4.1.2 Rising Demand for Petroleum-based Fuel from the Transportation Industry

    2. 4.2 Restraints

      1. 4.2.1 Clean Energy Initiatives

      2. 4.2.2 Other Restraints

    3. 4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.4.5 Degree of Competition


    1. 5.1 Chemical Type

      1. 5.1.1 Biocides

      2. 5.1.2 Corrosion and Scale Inhibitors

      3. 5.1.3 Demulsifiers

      4. 5.1.4 Polymers

      5. 5.1.5 Surfactants

      6. 5.1.6 Other Chemical Types

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Drilling and Cementing

      2. 5.2.2 Enhanced Oil Recovery

      3. 5.2.3 Production

      4. 5.2.4 Well Stimulation

      5. 5.2.5 Workover and Completion

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Indonesia

        4. Malaysia

        5. Thailand

        6. Australia & New Zealand

        7. Vietnam

        8. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.3.2 North America

        1. US

        2. Canada

        3. Mexico

      3. 5.3.3 Europe

        1. Russia

        2. Norway

        3. UK

        4. Rest of Europe

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Argentina

        3. Columbia

        4. Rest of South America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. Algeria

        2. Iran

        3. Iraq

        4. Nigeria

        5. Saudi Arabia

        6. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Mergers & Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Market Share (%) ** Analysis

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Albemarle Corporation

      2. 6.4.2 Ashland

      3. 6.4.3 Baker Hughes Company

      4. 6.4.4 BASF SE

      5. 6.4.5 CES Energy Solutions Corp.

      6. 6.4.6 Clariant

      7. 6.4.7 Croda International PLC

      8. 6.4.8 Chevron Phillips Chemical Company (Drilling Specialties Company)

      9. 6.4.9 Dow

      10. 6.4.10 Elementis PLC

      11. 6.4.11 Flotek Industries Inc.

      12. 6.4.12 Halliburton

      13. 6.4.13 Huntsman International LLC

      14. 6.4.14 Innospec Oilfield Services

      15. 6.4.15 Kemira

      16. 6.4.16 MPRC

      17. 6.4.17 Ecolab (NALCO Champion)

      18. 6.4.18 Nouryon

      19. 6.4.19 Schlumberger Limited

      20. 6.4.20 Solvay

      21. 6.4.21 The Lubrizol Corporation

      22. 6.4.22 Zirax Limited

    5. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 New Horizons Created Due to Deepwater Drilling Operations

    2. 7.2 Production Opportunities Offered by Developing Countries

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Oilfield Chemicals Market market is studied from 2017 - 2027.

The Oilfield Chemicals Market is growing at a CAGR of >4% over the next 5 years.

North America is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2021.

Halliburton, Schlumberger Limited, Solvay, Baker Hughes Company, Champion X are the major companies operating in Oilfield Chemicals Market.

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