Shale Oil Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The Shale Oil Market is segmented by Geography (North America, South America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Middle-East and Africa).

Shale Oil Industry Overview

Shale Oil Market Summary
Study Period: 2019-2027
Fastest Growing Market: North America
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: > 5 %

Major Players

Shale Oil Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Shale Oil Market Analysis

The shale oil market is expected to register a CAGR of more than 5% over the forecast period (2022-2027). 

The market was seriously impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, as fracking crews had to halt operations due to tanking global oil prices.

  • Factors such as an increase in consumption of petrochemicals and rising growth in the petrochemical-dependent industries which use plastics and polymers are expected to drive the market. 
  • On the flip side, environmental concerns about fracking practices is expected to restrain the market during the forecast period.
  • New development in the shale oil production technology, like the advancements in horizontal drilling technology, is expected to make the shale oil reservoirs more viable and may provide an opportunity for market players.

Shale Oil Industry Segments

Shale oil refers to hydrocarbons that are trapped in shale rock that require fracking to extract it. Shale oil extraction is a much more capital-intensive process than traditional oil drilling and extraction. The shale oil market report is segmented by Geography into North America, South America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle-East, and Africa. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done based on production capacity (million barrels/day).

North America
South America
Middle-East and Africa

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Shale Oil Market Trends

Growing Petrochemical Industry to Drive the Market

  • Many countries have large reserves of shale oil deposits, which may be used to decrease their dependency on imports of oil to suffice the needs of the petrochemical industry in the country. This aids the growth of the shale oil industry in the nation by providing an incentive to invest in shale oil production.
  • Moreover, the share of shale oil in transportation and power generation has been reducing due to better and cleaner alternatives replacing it in the market. However, it is the most important chemical in the petrochemical segment, without which synthesizing the required compounds would be much difficult.
  • The global petrochemical demand has recovered significantly since the Covid-19 pandemic has receded, and as demand has increased, combined with the economic fallout of the Russia-Ukraine war, global petrochemical prices have shot up. As of June 2022, the price of ethylene, one of the most widely used petrochemicals, stood at 1235 USD/metric tonnes, up by nearly 90% since 2020 and 15% since 2017. 
  • Several world-scale projects are currently following a path of configuring a refinery to produce maximum volumes of chemicals instead of transportation fuels as in a conventional refinery.
  • In December 2022, Saudi Aramco and TotalEnergies have completed the Final Investment Decision (FID) to advance construction of a proposed grassroots petrochemical complex in Satorp, which will be integrated with existing 440 thousand barrel/day capacity Jubail refinery. Both of the companies will invest a total of about USD 11 billion—USD 4 billion of which will be funded through equity by Aramco (62.5%) and TotalEnergies (37.5%).
  • The petrochemical industry is expected to increase significantly in the forecast period due to increasing uses of petrochemical products, the introduction of innovative processes like direct crude cracking, and increasing investments into the sector are expected to grow the market. Growth in the petrochemical industry is expected to increase the consumption of shale oil, thereby aiding the growth of the shale oil market.
Shale Oil Market: Ethylene price, in USD per metric ton, Global, 2017-June 2022

North America to Dominate the Market 

  • The United States is the world's largest shale gas producer, and despite the Covid-19 pandemic which decimated global hydrocarbon demand forcing fracking crews to suspend operations, the market has been recovering.
  • As the United States has one of the lowest costs of fracking globally, most investors are attracted to invest in the sector, thereby driving the growth of the sector during the forecast period. According to the United States EIA, nearly 95% of all wells drilled in the United States are fracked.
  • As of November 2022, the Wolfcamp shale in Permian Basin in Texas and New Mexico, was the largest shale oil producing shale play in the country, producing nearly 33% of all of the shale oil production in the United States during November 2022, while the Spraberry shale in the Permian Basin was the second-largest play in the country, producing nearly 18% of the country's total shale oil production.  
  • The United States has massive shale reserves concentrated across the country, the biggest of which include Permian basin, Eagle Ford, Marcellus, Niobrara, Barnett, Haynesville, Bakken and Anadarko-Woodford shale plays. The Permian Shale play in West Texas is one of the largest shale plays globally, with the lowest shale development costs.
  • Canada’s also has significant shale reserves in the Monterney-Duvernay shale plays in Alberta, and due to the geographic proximity to the United States, has used the locally avaialble technical expertise to kickstart the development of its domestic shale reserves. 
  • Hence, North America is expected to dominate the market due to the overwhelming production of shale on the continent and further increase in the investment in the sector.
Shale Oil Market: Tight Oil Production, in million barrels/day, United States, November 2022

Shale Oil Market Competitor Analysis

The shale oil market is fragmented. Some of the key players in this market, in no particular order, are Exxon Mobil Corporation, Chevron Corp., Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Marathon Oil Corporation, and Occidental Petroleum Corporation., among others.

Shale Oil Market Top Players

  1. Chevron Corp.

  2. Royal Dutch Shell plc

  3. Marathon Oil Corporation

  4. Occidental Petroleum Corporation

  5. Exxon Mobil Corporation

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Shale Oil Market Concentration

Shale Oil Market Recent Developments

  • In July 2022, Oilex and Schlumberger won a contract for the supply by Schlumberger of hydraulic fracturing services, coiled tubing and nitrogen services, and perforation services for the planned re-frac of the Cambay C-77H well in Gujarat, India.
  • In April 2022, CNX Resources Corporation (NYSE: CNX) and Evolution Well Services announced a four-year extension to the previous contract. Since 2019, Evolution has provided its industry-leading electric fracturing technology to CNX. The technology is a 100% electric, natural gas-fueled, gas turbine-powered fracturing fleet for strategic basin development.

Shale Oil Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Scope of the Study

    2. 1.2 Market Definition

    3. 1.3 Study Assumptions




    1. 4.1 Introduction

    2. 4.2 Shale Oil Production and Forecast, in million barrels per day, till 2027

    3. 4.3 Recent Trends and Developments

    4. 4.4 Government Policies and Regulations

    5. 4.5 Market Dynamics

      1. 4.5.1 Drivers

      2. 4.5.2 Restraints

    6. 4.6 Supply Chain Analysis

    7. 4.7 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.7.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.7.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.7.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.7.4 Threat of Substitutes Products and Services

      5. 4.7.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Geography

      1. 5.1.1 North America

      2. 5.1.2 South America

      3. 5.1.3 Europe

      4. 5.1.4 Asia-Pacific

      5. 5.1.5 Middle-East and Africa


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

    2. 6.2 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Exxon Mobil Corporation

      2. 6.3.2 Chevron Corporation

      3. 6.3.3 ConocoPhillips Company

      4. 6.3.4 Royal Dutch Shell PLC

      5. 6.3.5 Continental Resources Inc.

      6. 6.3.6 Murphy Oil Corporation

      7. 6.3.7 Occidental Petroleum Corporation

      8. 6.3.8 Marathon Oil Corporation

      9. 6.3.9 Schlumberger Limited

      10. 6.3.10 Halliburton Company

    4. *List Not Exhaustive

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Shale Oil Market Research FAQs

The Shale Oil Market market is studied from 2019 - 2027.

The Shale Oil Market is growing at a CAGR of >5% over the next 5 years.

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

North America holds highest share in 2021.

Chevron Corp., Royal Dutch Shell plc, Marathon Oil Corporation, Occidental Petroleum Corporation, Exxon Mobil Corporation are the major companies operating in Shale Oil Market.

Shale Oil Industry Reports

In-depth industry statistics and market share insights of the Shale Oil sector for 2020, 2021, and 2022. The Shale Oil research report provides a comprehensive outlook of the market size and an industry growth forecast for 2023 to 2028. Available to download is a free sample file of the Shale Oil report PDF.

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