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 Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2020 – 2026

Published Date: Mar 2020  |  Report ID: GMI4583  |  Authors: Kunal Ahuja, Sonal Singh

Report Format: PDF   |   Pages: 300   |   Base Year: 2019

Summary Table of Contents Industry Coverage Methodology

Industry Trends

Oilfield surfactants market size exceeded USD 980 million, globally in 2019 and is estimated to grow at over 4% CAGR between 2020 and 2026. Growing need for surfactants in various oilfield activities, such as sustainable oil exploration, extraction, and production will spur overall market growth.

Oilfield Surfactants Market Statistics

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Oilfield surfactants are used to enhance fluid recovery after the fracturing process. These help to prevent down hole emulsions and aid in improving long-term production after fracturing. Surfactants help in dealing with unfavorable gas-water surface tension conditions shale gas or low permeability reservoirs.

Surfactants are used in enhanced oil recovery process to displace the oil near the well. It helps in the development of low mobility foams. It helps in lowering the interfacial tension thereby enhancing oil mobility.

Growing penetration of oilfield surfactants, in sustainable oil exploration, extraction, & production activities and Increasing demand from petroleum, pharmaceuticals, & polymer industries will foster oilfield surfactants market share.

Surfactants are widely used in the petroleum industry for oil recovery, which include micellar alkali and gas. The concentration of surfactants is more than CMC to remove oil from the industry. Furthermore, low prices and easy availability of surfactants due to the technologically advanced processes and commercial feasibility are the factors projected to fuel the growth of the global market

Oilfield surfactants aids in drilling fluids formation in oil water and water oil systems. These surfactants help in foam formation, however few restrict the formation of foam. Surfactants remove drilling mud residues from spacer fluid for well formation and cementing wellbores.

Global surfactants segment is poised to surpass over $49.0 billion at the end of 2026. Surfactants have a key role in oil recovery in a hydraulically fractured reservoir. They help to increase rock wettability to improve oil production. Surfactants are used for enhancing oil recovery to improve production of oil from otherwise unrecoverable oil reserves.

Industry leaders continue to invest in product formulations and existing facilities expansion to provide efficient oilfield surfactants with enhanced functional characteristics. Widening demand for eco-friendly green products such as biosurfactants coupled with stringent regulations over in EU to invest in bio-based technologies will foster oilfield surfactants market growth.

Rising demand for anionic surfactants in drilling process to increase overall market share

Oilfield Surfactants Market by Anionic

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Global oilfield surfactants market is bifurcated on the basis of products as anionic, non-ionic, cationic, amphoteric, and silicone. Anionic surfactants accounted for a market revenue of USD 401.8 Mn in 2019, projecting lucrative growth opportunities primarily due to its increasing utilization in enhanced oil recovery process.

Anionic surfactants are a negatively charged hydrophilic group and are used in the oil & gas sector during the drilling process. Growth of this product is also attributed to the surging crude oil demand and enhanced petroleum production.

Anionic surfactants consist of alkyl carboxylates including sodium including sodium stearate. These are majorly used to manufacture cleaning products and are also used in other industries including construction, agriculture, and as fuel additive. Anionic surfactants are used for enhanced oil recovery in the oil & gas industry. The increasing demand for surfactants to improve fluid recovery from reservoirs will spur the oilfield surfactants market.

Shifting focus towards renewable production sources to spur oilfield biosurfactants demand

Biosurfactants Segment Analysis

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On the basis of source, oilfield surfactants market is segmented as synthetic and bio-based. Bio based surfactants were worth USD 316.8 million in 2019. Bio based surfactants witness maximum growing potential as they are extracted through vegetable and plant based feedstocks including palm kernel and coconut. Bio based surfactants are produced by living cells, hence their decomposition does not release any toxic chemical, thereby reducing environmental pollution.

Oilfield biosurfactants are used in adherence to control pollution and create consumer awareness for usage of bio-based products. They are highly biodegradable and have longer shelf life compared to its counterparts. High sustainability and low toxicity associated to petroleum-based substitutes coupled with strict regulations pertaining to the usage of bio-based products should favor the oilfield surfactants market growth.

Oilfield Surfactants Market Report Coverage
Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2019 Market Size in 2019: 0.99 Billion (USD)
Historical Data for: 2015 to 2019 Forecast Period: 2020 to 2026
Forecast Period 2020 to 2026 CAGR: 4.1% 2026 Value Projection: 1.32 Billion (USD)
Pages: 300 Tables, Charts & Figures: 298
Geographies covered (21): U.S., Canada, Germany, UK, France, Italy, Russia, Spain, China, India, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, Malaysia, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, UAE, South Africa
Segments covered: Product, Source, Application
Companies covered (22): Sasol Limited, Lubrizol Corporation, BASF SE, Oxiteno USA LLC., Evonik Industries AG, Kao Corporation, Croda International PLC, Clariant AG, Solvay, 3M Company, Halliburton, Nouryon Holding B.V., Flotek Industries, Inc., Schlumberger Limited, Ethox Chemicals, LLC., LIBRA SPECIALITY CHEMICALS LIMITED, The Dow Chemical Company, Ashland, Innospec, Pilot Chemical, Stepan Company and Baker Hughes
Growth Drivers:
  • North America: Increasing shale oil production in the region will stimulate product demand
  • Europe: Rising number of oil & gas projects in Europe will stimulate product demand
  • Asia Pacific: Rising investments and government initiatives for oil & gas projects in the region to stimulate product demand
  • LATAM: Changes in national policies will foster oil & gas industry growth
  • Middle East & Africa: Increasing crude oil production in the region will stimulate product demand
Pitfalls & Challenges:
  • Disadvantage of large-scale applications and expensive production of biosurfactants may hamper industry growth

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Middle East oilfield surfactants industry growth is attributed to increased crude oil production and large number of proven reserves

Oilfield Surfactants Market by Region

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Middle East may witness growth over 6.5% by 2026. The Middle East region is the largest oil producing region due to a large number of proven reserves & low depletion rates. New strategic alliances, technological advancements, and capital investments are expected to have a positive impact on the region’s surfactants oil and gas industry growth.

The Middle East & Africa holds a whooping share of nearly 33.0% in overall crude oil production globally. The region produces approximately 31,762 thousand barrels per day.

Saudi Arabia holds the largest share in oil exports globally owing to large number of proven reserves and less production costs which has led it to the top three producers in the near future. Companies including Shell, Total, and Exxon Mobil, entered into joint ventures & partnerships with Saudi Aramco to operate in the country. These factors are major drivers for the oilfield surfactants market in the region.

Partnerships and new product launches to remain prime business strategies by market players

Global oilfield surfactants market is moderately fragmented with key players including BASF Cognis, Clariant, Evonik Industries AG, Croda International Plc, Stepan Company, Kao Corporation, Halliburton, Schlumberger, Sasol, Solvay.

Companies are engaged in product launches, strategic partnerships, research and development activities to expand their product portfolio and cater to the rising oilfield surfactants demand across geographies. For instance, in March 2017, Schlumberger announced the establishment of its new purpose-built production technologies center of excellence, which solve problems related to the oil & gas production chemistry. Through this establishment, the company will be able to enhance its product portfolio and attain stronger market position.

The oilfield surfactants market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry trends, with estimates & forecast in terms of volume (Kilo Tons) and revenue (USD Million) from 2015 to 2026, for the following segments:

By Product

  • 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 emulsifiers
  • Spacers

The above information has been provided for the following regions and countries:

By Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia
  • APAC
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • Thailand
    • Indonesia
    • Australia
    • Malaysia
  • Latin America      
    • Brazil
    • Argentina
    • Mexico
  • MEA
    • Saudi Arabia
    • South Africa
    • UAE


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The overall oilfield surfactants market is anticipated to record a CAGR of 4% through 2026
oilfield surfactants market recorded a valuation of US$ 980 MN in 2019.
According to the report published by Global Market Insights Inc., the oilfield surfactants business is supposed to attain $1 billion (USD) by 2026.
Increasing shale oil production, rising number of oil & gas projects, surging investments and government initiatives for oil & gas projects, changes in national policies, and increasing crude oil production are the major key factors expected to drive the growth of global market.
Sasol Limited, Lubrizol Corporation, BASF SE, Oxiteno USA LLC., Evonik Industries AG, Kao Corporation, Croda International PLC, Clariant AG, Solvay, 3M Company, Halliburton, Nouryon Holding B.V., Flotek Industries, Inc., Schlumberger Limited, Ethox Chemicals, LLC. are some of the top contributors in the industry.
Based on the product, the anionic segment accounted a significant market revenue in 2019 and is projected to record a remarkable growth rate throughout the forecast period.

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  • Published Date: Mar 2020
  • Pages: 300
  • Tables: 249
  • Charts / Figures: 49
  • Companies covered: 22
  • Countries covered: 21

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