Global Fracking Fluid And Chemicals Market Size, Share, Opportunities, COVID-19 Impact, And Trends By Fluid Type (Water-Based, Oil-Based, Gelled Based, Others), By Well Type (Vertical, Horizontal), By Application (Friction Reducer, Gelling Agent, Scale Inhibitor, Acid, Cross Linkers, Biocide, Iron Control Agent, Corrosion Inhibitor), And By Geography - Forecasts From 2022 To 2027

  • Published : May 2022
  • Report Code : KSI061612276
  • Pages : 125

The global fracking fluid and chemical market is evaluated at US$26.724 billion in 2020.

The global Fracking Fluids and Chemicals Market is expected to grow rapidly, owing to a shift in drilling wells from vertical to horizontal drilling, an increase in research and development initiatives for manufacturing environmentally friendly fluids and chemicals, and expanding demand for power and fuels. Fracking fluid is a chemical combination used in drilling operations to increase the number of hydrocarbons that may be extracted. The fluid protects the well against deterioration. Among other things, it lubricates the extraction process and avoids blockages and bacterial growth.

After oil and gas resource drilling is done, hydraulic fracturing fluid and chemicals are used. The conventional or non-conventional composition of oil and gas well fracturing involves adding fluid and chemicals to stimulate the oil and gas well. Hydraulic fracturing has allowed older oil and gas fields with high production rates to produce oil and gas more effectively. Hydraulic fracturing can also be employed to recover oil and gas from geological compositions that were previously impossible to reach. Fracking fluid and chemicals also help maintain stability by reducing pressure loss caused by friction.

The rising consumption of natural gas is predicted to be a major driver of growth in the worldwide fracking fluid and chemicals industry. Chemicals for fracking are blended with various additives based on the needs of the fracturing operation. As the drilling operation progresses, additives such as enzymes and oxidizers are inserted to allow fluid backflow. By weakening the gelling effect, oxidizers and enzymes reduce the viscosity of the fracturing fluid. Natural gas is commonly used in residential and commercial locations, primarily for heating. However, natural gas is also used as a raw material in the industrial sector, for example, by fertilizer producers. The electrical industry is anticipated to be the primary user of natural gas. Natural gas is predicted to supply the world's growing electricity demand while emitting less CO2 than coal. Over the projected period, the market is likely to be driven by an increase in the usage of unconventional gas and oil resources such as shale and CBM.

Harmful effects on the environment due to the usage of fracking fluid and chemicals is expected to impact the growth of the market

The global market is expected to be hampered by strong opposition because of the detrimental effects of hydraulic fracturing on the environment. Climate change, air pollution, increased earthquake risk, increased water usage, and water contamination are expected to be just a few of the market's main challenges. The fracking fluid used has many harmful effects on the environment, due to which the usage of fracking fluid and chemicals is expected to impact the growth of the market. Hydraulic fracturing has been subject to stringent laws in several countries. This issue is also predicted to pose some challenges to market expansion.

Water-based, foam-based, gelled-oil-based, and other segments make up the market. The growth of water-based fracking fluid is high during the forecasted period. The variables linked to the expansion of water-based are due to a growing awareness of fracking fluid toxicity and biodegradation. The main growth factor of water-based fracking fluid is expected to be its quality to avoid transmission loss and avoid erosion of weak formation rock.

The fracking fluid and chemical market volume is expected to be dominated by North America.

Because the region's drilling sector is well-developed, North America’s need for fracking chemicals is likely substantial. The United States, in particular, has well-established drilling and exploration business and is consequently expected to have a major portion of the global market.

Over the forecasted period, it is expected that the Asia Pacific region will develop in terms of revenue owing to growing energy consumption and use and is projected to continue to be a significant driver of market expansion. In the forecasted period, European oilfield production is expected to rise because of oil production opportunities rising in the North Sea. A number of oilfield development projects in unconventional and offshore reserves and a high rate of mud-cap drilling in the region are expected to benefit the fracking fluid and chemical market globally.

Product Offering

  • Baker Hughes Company offers Spectra FracTM G fracturing fluids that are borate-crosslinked systems suitable for conventional fracturing operations in high-shear environments or under-pressured formations energized or foamed with nitrogen. These fluids can be easily prepared on-site and can be incorporated into the internal breaker to minimize formation damage.
  • Halliburton offers BaraXcelTM fluid and optimized SCE systems. The high-performance fluid and solids control systems bring lower pump pressures and high ROPs while minimizing LGS concentration. With this fluid and system offered by Halliburton, an operator can reduce clean-up time, and pump pressure.
  • The composite fracturing fluids offered by Schlumberger limited can increase the reservoir contact and improve the efficiency and flexibility with the help of standard slickwater fluids. The company claims that these fracturing fluids can be designed to optimize the company’s base fluid, including standard slickwater, viscous slickwater, and liner gel among others. 

COVID-19 Impact

The pandemic had a notable impact on the global fracking fluid and chemicals market. Owing to the sudden halt in the operations of the oil and gas industry due to the reduction in demand during the pandemic. For instance, as per the IEA, the oil demand in the first quarter of 2020 witnessed a -5.1 mb/d net change relative to its 2019 levels. The demand further reduced to a net change of -16.3 md/b in the second quarter of 2020. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic prompted the imposition of strict lockdown laws, the shutdown of many activities, and travel restrictions in many countries, causing a halt in the import and export of fracking chemicals and fluids.

Global Fracking Fluid And Chemicals Market Scope:

Report Metric Details
 Market size value in 2020  US$26.724 billion
 Growth Rate  CAGR during the forecast period
 Base year  2020
 Forecast period  2022–2027
 Forecast Unit (Value)  USD Billion
 Segments covered  Fluid Type, Well Type, Application, And Geography
 Regions covered  North America, South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific
 Companies covered Baker Hughes Incorporated, Halliburton Company, Schlumberger Ltd., E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, Pioneer Engineering Services, BASF SE
 Customization scope  Free report customization with purchase


Key Market Segments

  • By Fluid Type
    • Water based
    • Oil based
    • Foam Based
  • By Well Type
    • Vertical
    • Horizontal
  • By Application
    • Friction Reducer
    • Gelling Agent
    • Scale Inhibitor
    • Cross Linkers
    • Biocide
    • Corrosion Inhibitor
    • Others
  • By Industry Vertical
    • Consumer Electronics
    • Automotive
    • Communication and Techonology
    • Energy and Power
  • By Geography
    • North America
      • USA
      • Canada
      • Mexico
    • South America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Others
    • Europe
      • Germany
      • France
      • United Kingdom
      • Spain
      • Others
    • The Middle East and Africa
      • Saudi Arabia
      • UAE
      • Israel
      • Others
    • Asia Pacific
      • China
      • Japan
      • India
      • South Korea
      • Indonesia
      • Others 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. What is the size of the global fracking fluid and chemicals market?
A1. The fracking fluid and chemicals market was valued at US$26.724 billion in 2020. 

Q2. Who are the major players in the fracking fluid and chemicals market?
A2. Prominent key market players in the fracking fluid and chemicals market include Baker Hughes Incorporated, Halliburton Company, Schlumberger Ltd., E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, and Pioneer Engineering Services, among others.

Q3. How is the fracking fluid and chemicals market segmented?
A3. The global fracking fluid and chemicals market has been segmented by fluid type, well type, application, and geography.

Q4. What factors are anticipated to drive the fracking fluid and chemicals market growth?
A4. The rising consumption of natural gas is predicted to be a major driver of the global fracking fluid and chemicals market growth.

Q5. Which region holds the largest market share in the fracking fluid and chemicals market?
A5. North America is expected to dominate the fracking fluid and chemicals market because the drilling sector is well-developed, and the region's need for fracking chemicals is likely substantial.


1.1. Market Overview

1.2. COVID-19 Scenario

1.3. Market Definition

1.4. Market Segmentation



2.1. Research Data

2.2. Assumptions



3.1. Research Highlights



4.1. Market Drivers

4.2. Market Restraints

4.3. Porter’s Five Force Analysis

4.3.1. Bargaining Power of Suppliers

4.3.2. Bargaining Power of Buyers

4.3.3. Threat of New Entrants

4.3.4. Threat of Substitutes

4.3.5. Competitive Rivalry in the Industry

4.4. Industry Value Chain Analysis



5.1. Introduction

5.2. Water-based

5.3. Oil based

5.4. Foam Based



6.1. Introduction

6.2. Vertical

6.3. Horizontal



7.1. Introduction

7.2. Friction Reducer

7.3. Gelling Agent

7.4. Scale Inhibitor

7.5. Cross Linkers

7.6. Biocide

7.7. Corrosion Inhibitor

7.8. Others



8.1. Introduction

8.2. North America

8.2.1. United States

8.2.2. Canada

8.2.3. Mexico

8.3. South America

8.3.1. Brazil

8.3.2. Argentina

8.3.3. Others

8.4. Europe

8.4.1. Germany

8.4.2. France

8.4.3. United Kingdom

8.4.4. Spain

8.4.5. Others

8.5. The Middle East and Africa

8.5.1. Saudi Arabia

8.5.2. UAE

8.5.3. Israel

8.5.4. Others

8.6. Asia Pacific

8.6.1. China

8.6.2. Japan

8.6.3. India

8.6.4. South Korea

8.6.5. Indonesia

8.6.6. Others



9.1. Major Players and Strategy Analysis

9.2. Emerging Players and Market Lucrative

9.3. Mergers, Acquisition, Agreements, and Collaborations

9.4. Vendor Competitiveness Matrix



10.1. Baker Hughes Incorporated

10.2. Halliburton Company

10.3. Schlumberger Ltd.

10.4. The Dow Chemical Company

10.5. BASF SE

10.6.  Clariant

Baker Hughes Incorporated

Halliburton Company

Schlumberger Ltd.

The Dow Chemical Company