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Global Oilfield Surfactants Market By Product (Anionic, Non-Ionic, Cationic, Amphoteric, Silicone), By Source (Synthetic, Bio-Based), By Application (Stimulation Flowback/ Fluid Recovery, EOR, Foamers, Drilling Surfactants, Rig Wash Solutions/Cleaners, Wetting Agents, Surface Active Materials, Emulsion Breakers, Non Emulsifiers, Spacers), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Application Development Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2021 – 2027

  • Report ID: GMI4583
  • Published Date: Jan 2021
  • Report Format: PDF

Global Oilfield Surfactants Market Size

Global Oilfield surfactants market size was over USD 1,000 million in 2020 and is estimated to grow at over 4% CAGR between 2021 and 2027 owing to the rising government support to the oil and gas industry in the developing regions.  For instance, The Indian government has allowed 100 percent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in various segments of the sector, which include petroleum products, natural gas, and refineries.

Besides, the country’s oil minister mentioned that the government will be investing USD 58 billion by 2023 for oil & gas exploration activities and USD 60 billion for the creation of natural gas infrastructure. The government also changes policy from the new exploration licensing policy to Hydrocarbon Exploration and Licensing Policy (HELP) will have a positive impact on oil exploration activities.

Oilfield Surfactants Market Outlook

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The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a disturbance in the global supply chain of various industrial products, due to the global lockdown in several countries. Also, the spread of coronavirus causes a fall in demand for industrial products due to uncertainty in the capital markets and the global economy. Surfactants play a crucial role in the oil and gas industry, for fluid recovery, enhanced oil recovery, drilling, and so on.

Moreover, in the covid-19 pandemic, the number of major oil and gas producing & consuming countries witness substantial variation in demand of oil and gas from end-use industries such as electronics and automotive and affected the oilfield surfactants market growth in the years 2020.

The strict regulation laid by government bodies of different regions on the use of the surfactants is likely to restrain the growth of the oilfield surfactants market to some extent over the estimated period. For instance, regulation is laid by the U.S. EPA. says Surfactants that meet the Safer Choice Criteria are only the product that is acceptable for use as a Safer Choice product. Criteria made by Environmental Fate & Toxicity for Chemicals must be followed by surfactants manufacturers especially in products that typically bypass sewage treatment.

Therefore, this regulation makes manufacturers understand that which type of chemicals to be used for manufacturing surfactants, which are biodegradable. Along with that is also helps manufacturers to implement bio-based surfactants manufacturing, which doesn’t cause any environmental pollution.

Global Oilfield Surfactants Market Analysis

Oilfield Surfactants Market by Non-ionic Surfactants

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There is an increased demand for global oilfield services owing to the rising oil & gas exploration across the globe due to the escalating need for energy by residential & commercial sectors. Oil field services include well completion equipment & services, well intervention services, coiled tubing services, pressure pumping services, Oil Country Tubular Goods (OCTG), and wireline services. Hence, this rising oilfield services led to boost the need for oilfield services in the global oilfield surfactants market.

Non-ionic surfactants are good for oil emulsification, and they are often used to manufacture cleaners, which emulsify oily soils and suspend particulate soils. Non-ionic surfactants are used in the oil & gas industry, which will help in reducing interfacial tension and can be used in challenging conditions including high reservoir temperature. The increasing demand for oil & gas surfactants to simplify drilling processes will foster oilfield surfactants market growth.

Oilfield Surfactants Market by Bio-based Source

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Bio-based oilfield surfactants source should surpass $50 million by 2027 and is anticipated to show growth over 4.0% of CAGR in the forecasted period. Bio-based oilfield surfactants are highly biodegradable and have a longer shelf life compared to their counterparts. low toxicity and high sustainability related to petroleum-based substitutes attached with strict regulations expected to the use of bio-based products should favor the oilfield surfactants market growth. Biosurfactants are used in adherence to control pollution and create consumer awareness for usage of bio-based products.

Synthetic surfactants are manufactured by utilizing crude oil as the raw material while bio-based surfactants are manufactured with the help of biomass including cereals, vegetables, oilseeds, co-products, and waste. Additionally, they are also derived from microorganisms such as enzymes, bacteria, and fungi. These are non-toxic and are biodegradable. Henceforth, the rising demand for environment-friendly substitutes to reduce pollutant levels will foster the demand for bio-based surfactants in the oilfield surfactants market over the forecast timeframe.

Oilfield Surfactants Market by EOR Application

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EOR application in the global oilfield surfactants market share is anticipated to show significant growth over 3.5% of CAGR in the forecasted the year 2021 to 2027.  Surfactants are widely used for chemical methods in Enhanced Oil recovery. Therefore, a growing number of deep-water drilling projects around the world, owing to growing population and industrial developments support the demand for chemicals used in enhanced oil recovery processes that directly impact the demand for surfactants in the EOR application.

Besides, surfactants are utilized to displace the oil near the well, helps in reducing the interfacial tension, and improving the oil mobility, and helps to development of low mobility foams. Therefore, these multiple benefits of the surfactants led to drive the oilfield surfactants market sales over the coming years.

Oilfield Surfactants Market by Region

The Middle East & Africa holds a significant revenue share of over 26% in the global oilfield surfactants market. The Middle East & Africa region accounts for the largest oil & gas reserves in the world, which has resulted in escalating oilfield services demand in the region. For instance, in January 2020, Halliburton signed two contracts with operators Eni to provide integrated drilling services at Zubair oil field in Iraq. The Abu Dhabi Onshore Oil Production Capacity Increase Project, which aims to increase oil production capacity, targeting several onshore fields including Ruwais, Bida Al-Qemzan, Northeast Bab Fields, Qushawira, Bab, and Al-Dabbiya. This development project involves drilling & development of production wells, construction of Gas Oil Separator (GOSP) plants, and series of interfiled pipeline networks. Thus, the aforementioned factors should boost the oilfield surfactants market growth in the region.

Global Oilfield Surfactants Market Share

Key players operating in the oilfield surfactants industry are :

  • BASF
  • Baker Hughes
  • Halliburton
  • Schlumberger
  • Dow Chemical Company

Various players are engaged in mergers, and acquisitions which should boost market share and expand product portfolio. Companies are also focusing on investment to improve production capacity to achieve competitive advantage.

In August 2020, Nouryon announced that it has expanded its surfactants plant capacity in Stenungsund, Sweden. This expansion also supports the growth for several products and sustainable technologies for markets including oil & gas, lubricants & fuels, and asphalt. This expansion is estimated to cost USD 13.07 million and is expected to complete in 2021. Through this expansion, the company will be able to enhance its product portfolio and cater to a wider customer base.

In April 2020, Dow chemicals announced the expansion of its existing production plant in Tarragona, Spain. Through this expansion, the company will be able to increase its production capacity for products including lubricants, defoamers, specialty surfactants & ethoxylates, catering to the rising product demand from regions including Europe, the Middle East & Africa, and India.

In April 2019, Flotek Industries launched its latest product line named MicroSolv, a microemulsion technology based on the blend of solvents and surfactants formulated to enhance the performance by lowering interfacial tension, mitigating water blockages, reducing surface tension, aiding flow back of water-based frac fluids, improving clean up, and reducing formation damage created by phase trapping. Through this product launch, the company will be able to enhance its product portfolio and attain a stronger market position.

The Global oilfield surfactants market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of volume in Kilotons & revenue in USD Million from 2016 to 2027 for the following segments

By Product Type

  • Anionic
  • Non-Ionic
  • Cationic
  • Amphoteric
  • Silicone

By Source

  • Synthetic
  • Bio-Based

By Application

  • Stimulation Flowback/ Fluid recovery
  • EOR
  • Foamers
  • Drilling Surfactants
  • Cleaners
  • Wetting Agents
  • Surface Active Agents
  • Emulsion Breakers
  • Non emulsifers
  • Spacers

The above information has been provided for the following countries:

By Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Russia
    • Spain
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Australia
    • Malaysia
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Argentina
    • Mexico
  • Middle East & Africa
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE

Authors: Kunal Ahuja, Sarita Bayas

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Global oilfield surfactants industry share surpassed USD 1,000 million in 2020 and is likely to grow at more than 4% CAGR through 2027.

Bio-based oilfield surfactants revenue is set to cross USD 50 million by 2027 while growing at a CAGR of over 4% owing to the increasing government regulations regarding environmental protection.

Global oilfield surfactants industry size from EOR application is poised to expand at more than 3.5% CAGR through 2027 driven by the rising number of deep-water drilling projects.

Middle East and Africa hold 26% share and will witness significant growth due to the presence of some of the largest oil & gas reserves.

Global Oilfield Surfactants Market Scope

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  • Base Year: 2020
  • Companies covered: 12
  • Tables & Figures: 344
  • Countries covered: 20
  • Pages: 295
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