Dissolvable Frac Plugs Market Report
Dissolvable Frac Plugs Market Size, Share, Trend, Forecast, & Competitive Analysis: 2019-2024 See less
Dissolvable Frac Plugs Market Size, Share, Trend, Forecast, & Competitive Analysis: 2019-2024
The Dissolvable Frac Plugs Market is Segmented by Material Type (Magnesium Alloys and Poly Glycolic Acid), by Well Type (Horizontal Well and Vertical Well), by Sales Channel Type (Direct Sales and Distributor Sales), and by Region (Americas, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World)
Dissolvable frac plugs are new to the market and currently hold a diminutive share of the frac plugs market. Magnum Oil Tools (Now part of Nine Energy Service Inc.) was the first company to commercialize dissolvable frac plug in the year 2014. Since then, various leading suppliers of composite frac plugs, such as Haliburton, Baker Hughes, and Schlumberger, have also launched dissolvable frac plugs and are offering a unique product portfolio in this market. The attractiveness of the market has led to the entry of the leading oil & gas industry players, who were not even into composite frac plugs manufacturing. For instance, recently in Feb 2019, a US-based oil & gas multinational corporation, National Oilwell Varco (NOV), has launched VapR dissolvable frac plugs.
The Dissolvable frac plugs market size is likely to experience excellent double-digit growth over the next five years (2019-2024) to reach US$ 1,178.8 million in 2024. Increasing production of oil & gas, an expected recovery of wells and rigs counts in the coming years, increasing number of frac stages per well, increasing share of horizontal wells in the overall drilling activities where there is a requirement of more frac stages, increasing lateral lengths of the wells, and reduction in mill out time as well as drilling cost are some of the key factors driving the global dissolvable frac plugs market.
The market is segmented based on the material type as Mg (Magnesium) alloys and PGA (Polyglycolic Acid). Mg alloys are expected to remain the dominant segment of the global dissolvable frac plugs market during the forecast period and are also likely to exhibit faster growth during the same period. Mg alloys are the materials of choice for dissolvable frac plugs, owing to their properties, such as reliable dissolution rate at different temperature and pressure brine, high toughness, strength, and hardness. However, PGA is new to the industry and is not being currently of interest of all the major players.
Based on the well type, the market is segmented as horizontal well and vertical well. Horizontal well is expected to remain the more dominant segment of the market during the forecast period. Horizontal wells are majorly used for drilling extended reach and long lateral areas where vertical wells are not of worth. A large number of frac plugs and balls are deployed in horizontal wells, which leads to the optimum gas production from wells, whereas in case of vertical wells, very small amount of gas can be extracted as compared to horizontal wells.
Based on the sales channel type, the market is segmented as direct sales channel and distributor sales channel. The direct sales segment is expected to remain larger over the next five years. The market is in the nascent stage and is not being widely distributed at present. Hence, major companies are generally selling dissolvable frac plugs directly to customers.
In terms of regions, the Americas is projected to remain the largest dissolvable frac plugs market during the forecast period, in terms of both value and volume. The USA is the growth engine for the Americas’ market where dissolvable frac plugs have been in the run in all the major shale basins such as Permian Basin, Eagle Ford, Williston basin, and South-Central Oklahoma Oil Province. Canada is another key market in the Americas, whereas Argentina is likely to be an emerging market with excellent growth expected in the near future.