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Unconventional Natural Gas Extraction: Technologies and Global Markets -- Focus on Asia

The global market for unconventional natural gas extraction technologies was valued at nearly $61.2 billion in 2010 and nearly $61.6 billion in 2011. The market should reach $91.3 billion in 2016 after increasing at a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.2%.

Asia/Australia was valued at $5.5 billion in 2011 and should reach nearly $19 billion in 2016, a CAGR of 28.1%.

The Asian/Australian vertical and directional drilling market was valued at $371 million in 2011 and should reach $890 million in 2016, a CAGR of 19.1%.

SUMMARY FIGURE
GLOBAL UNCONVENTIONAL NATURAL GAS TECHNOLOGIES MARKET, 2009-2016
($ MILLIONS)

Source: BCC Research

STUDY GOAL AND OBJECTIVES

This study provides a review of the global markets for unconventional natural gas production technologies at a regional level, with additional breakdowns for select relevant national-level markets. It seeks to quantify unconventional natural gas technologies markets based on available data and anticipated trends in global and regional market development for the considered unconventional natural gas extraction technologies.

REASONS FOR COMPLETING THIS STUDY

BCC's goal in conducting this study is to assess and describe the current status of the global unconventional natural gas-extraction technologies, as well as to assess the potential growth of this industry.

More specifically, the study has the following objectives:

  • To summarize existing unconventional natural gas extraction technologies and promising technologies under development.
  • To evaluate the existing unconventional natural gas industry, with a focus on producers of each major viable technology.
  • To assess market potential for unconventional natural gas extraction technologies over a five-year period from 2011 through 2016.
  • To provide regional market breakdowns with select sub-regional breakdowns for countries with promising unconventional natural gas resources.

CONTRIBUTORS TO AND USE OF THIS STUDY

Global interest in unconventional natural gas production and associated extraction technologies has taken off over the last five years due to the influence of the unconventional natural gas boom in North America. Many countries are now looking to unconventional natural gas as a potential energy source to alleviate supply shortages, lower natural gas costs and generate revenue. This study is anticipated to be useful to industry players, researchers, corporations and others who have a stake in unconventional natural gas extraction technologies, as well as those who are considering expanding into these markets. This study provides critical information to decision makers regarding regional- and national-level investment strategies, along with the level of anticipated returns that will result from continued market development.

SCOPE AND FORMAT OF THIS REPORT

The scope of this report includes the following categories of unconventional natural gas extraction technologies:

  • Vertical and directional drilling.
  • Horizontal drilling.
  • Hydrofracture equipment.
  • Hydrofracture chemicals.
  • Well completion and operation equipment.

Markets considered are shown in the following table. BCC analyzes each technology, determines its current market status, examines its impact on future markets and presents forecasts of growth over the ensuing five years. Technological issues including the latest trends are assessed and discussed, as is the current and likely ongoing regulatory environment in support of this industry.

BCC analyzes anticipated market values in light of regional and global markets for unconventional natural gas. This report examines government roles with respect to unconventional natural gas production, including regulatory requirements, support and incentives. It provides a review of the most relevant extraction technologies, discusses recent trends in well development and regional drilling and provides overviews and market assessments for each technology.

GLOBAL MARKETS

The following table provides a review of the major global markets that were assessed in support of this study. Market breakdowns are provided for each of the listed regions and individual countries.

Table A
GLOBAL MARKETS CONSIDERED IN THIS STUDY

MarketCountries/Regions
North AmericaU.S., Canada, Mexico
South AmericaArgentina, Brazil, Chile, other South American countries
considered in aggregate
EuropeRussia, Poland, France, Norway, U.K., Turkey, other European countries
considered in aggregate
Asia/AustraliaChina, Australia, India, Indonesia

Source: BCC Research

Table B
RESEARCH INFORMATION SOURCES

Report SectionInformation SourcePrimary or Secondary
OverviewScientific, government and
industry research
Secondary
Regulatory structureGovernment documents, interviewsPrimary and secondary
Industry structure and
market overview
Industry interviews and
published documentation
Primary and secondary
Major companies and
company profiles
Industry interviews and
published documentation
Primary and secondary
Market assessment and
projections
Industry interviews, government and
non-governmental organization (NGO)
documents, data and news services,
BCC Research calculations
Primary and secondary

Source: BCC Research

INFORMATION SOURCES

Both primary and secondary research methods were used in preparing this report. BCC surveyed more than 50 companies to obtain the data for this study. Included were manufacturers of unconventional natural gas technologies, distributors of unconventional natural gas technologies and companies involved with the deployment of unconventional NG technologies and field facilities. BCC also spoke with users of these technologies in a variety of global locales. Additionally, BCC compiled data from current financial and trade information, industry associations and government sources.

ANALYST CREDENTIALS

Robert Eckard has more than a decade of experience working in the energy and environmental industries. Currently pursuing a PhD in Water and Energy Resources at the University of California at Davis, Mr. Eckard also runs a small industry research and technical consulting company, with an emphasis on energy, water and environmental sectors. He has provided economic analysis market assessments, environmental analysis, and technical water and energy reports to state and local governments, other consultants, and private companies and individuals throughout the U.S., Australia and Singapore. He also works as a subcontractor under the U.S. Department of Energy, providing analysis in support of fossil-fuel extraction and refining for petroleum fuels, coal and natural gas. He has produced reports for BCC Research on the global markets for residential and commercial solar thermal (ST) technologies, industrial and utility scale ST technologies, distributed generation (DG) technologies and energy-efficiency (EE) technologies.

Table of Contents

Unconventional Natural Gas Extraction: Technologies and Global Markets -- Focus on Asia

Chapter - 1: INTRODUCTION - Complimentary

  • STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
  • REASONS FOR COMPLETING THIS STUDY
  • CONTRIBUTORS TO AND USE OF THIS STUDY
  • SCOPE AND FORMAT OF THIS REPORT
  • GLOBAL MARKETS
  • METHODOLOGY
  • INFORMATION SOURCES
  • ANALYST CREDENTIALS
  • RELATED REPORTS
  • BCC ON-LINE SERVICES
  • DISCLAIMER

Chapter - 2: SUMMARY

  • Table Summary: GLOBAL UNCONVENTIONAL NATURAL GAS TECHNOLOGIES MARKET, THROUGH 2016
  • Figure Summary: GLOBAL UNCONVENTIONAL NATURAL GAS TECHNOLOGIES MARKET, 2009-2016

Chapter - 3: OVERVIEW

  • NATURAL GAS EXTRACTION TECHNOLOGIES
  • UNCONVENTIONAL NATURAL GAS EXTRACTION TECHNOLOGIES
  • BRIEF HISTORY OF UNCONVENTIONAL NATURAL GAS PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES AND APPLICATIONS
  • UNCONVENTIONAL NATURAL GAS PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES AND APPLICATIONS
  • UNCONVENTIONAL NATURAL GAS FORMATIONS
  • BENEFITS OF UNCONVENTIONAL NATURAL GAS EXTRACTION
  • DRAWBACKS OF UNCONVENTIONAL NATURAL GAS EXTRACTION TECHNOLOGIES
  • EMERGING UNCONVENTIONAL NATURAL GAS-EXTRACTION TECHNOLOGIES

Chapter - 4: GLOBAL MARKET FOR UNCONVENTIONAL NATURAL GAS EXTRACTION

  • GLOBAL NATURAL GAS PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION OVERVIEW
  • GLOBAL MARKET FOR UNCONVENTIONAL NATURAL GAS EXTRACTION
  • GLOBAL SUMMARY
  • INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

Chapter - 5: ASIAN/AUSTRALIAN MARKET FOR UNCONVENTIONAL NATURAL GAS EXTRACTION

  • NATURAL GAS MARKETS
  • UNCONVENTIONAL GAS MARKET AND MARKET FACTORS
  • UNCONVENTIONAL NATURAL GAS EXTRACTION TECHNOLOGIES MARKET
  • INDUSTRY STRUCTURE
  • REGULATIONS

Chapter - 6: COMPANY PROFILES

  • INTERNATIONAL INTEGRATED OIL AND GAS COMPANIES APPLICABLE TO MULTIPLE UNCONVENTIONAL NATURAL GAS TECHNIQUES ON A GLOBAL BASIS
  • DIRECTIONAL AND HORIZONTAL DRILLING TECHNOLOGY PRODUCTS AND SYSTEMS
  • HYDRAULIC FRACTURING AND COMPLETION TECHNOLOGY PRODUCTS AND SYSTEMS
  • FRACTURING FLUID AND SAND
  • NITROGEN-BASED FRAC SOLUTIONS
  • MULTIPLE WELL-PAD DRILLING PRODUCTS AND SYSTEMS
  • PROPPANTS AND CHEMICAL ADDITIVE PRODUCTS AND SYSTEMS
  • SPECIALTY CHEMICALS
  • PRODUCTION-SIDE PRODUCTS AND SYSTEMS APPLICABLE TO MULTIPLE UNG TECHNOLOGIES
  • PRODUCED FLUIDS SEPARATION/SOLIDS CONTROL SYSTEMS

Chapter - 7: ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS OF MEASUREMENTS

Chapter - 8: REFERENCES

List of Tables

  • Table A: GLOBAL MARKETS CONSIDERED IN THIS STUDY
  • Table B: RESEARCH INFORMATION SOURCES
  • Summary Table: GLOBAL UNCONVENTIONAL NATURAL GAS TECHNOLOGIES MARKET, THROUGH 2016
    • Table 1: RESERVOIR PROPERTIES OF CONVENTIONAL AND UNCONVENTIONAL NATURAL GAS FORMATIONS
    • Table 2: UNCONVENTIONAL NATURAL GAS EXTRACTION TECHNOLOGIES CONSIDERED IN THIS REPORT
    • Table 3: U.S. VERTICAL AND HORIZONTAL DRILLING COSTS SPECIFIC TO THE MARCELLUS SHALE
    • Table 4: CHARACTERISTICS OF BATCH-FLOW AND CONTINUOUS-FLOW MULTIPLE-PAD DRILLING TECHNIQUES
    • Table 5: GLOBAL VERTICAL- AND DIRECTIONAL-DRILLING MARKET, THROUGH 2016
    • Table 6: GLOBAL VERTICAL- AND DIRECTIONAL-DRILLING MARKET, THROUGH 2016
    • Table 7: GLOBAL HORIZONTAL-DRILLING MARKET, THROUGH 2016
    • Table 8: GLOBAL HORIZONTAL DRILLING MARKET, THROUGH 2016
    • Table 9: GLOBAL HYDROFRACTURE EQUIPMENT MARKET, THROUGH 2016
    • Table 10: GLOBAL HYDROFRACTURE EQUIPMENT MARKET, THROUGH 2016
    • Table 11: GLOBAL HYDROFRACTURE CHEMICALS MARKET, THROUGH 2016
    • Table 12: GLOBAL HYDROFRACTURE CHEMICALS MARKET, THROUGH 2016
    • Table 13: GLOBAL WELL-COMPLETION AND WELL-OPERATION EQUIPMENT MARKET, THROUGH 2016
    • Table 14: GLOBAL WELL-COMPLETION AND WELL-OPERATION EQUIPMENT MARKET, THROUGH 2016
    • Table 15: GLOBAL HORIZONTAL AND VERTICAL UNCONVENTIONAL NATURAL GAS WELLS MARKET, THROUGH 2016
    • Table 16: GLOBAL UNCONVENTIONAL NATURAL GAS TECHNOLOGIES MARKET, THROUGH 2016
    • Table 17: GLOBAL UNCONVENTIONAL NATURAL GAS TECHNOLOGIES MARKET, THROUGH 2016
    • Table 18: UNCONVENTIONAL NATURAL GAS-EXTRACTION TECHNIQUES INDUSTRY COMPANY TYPES
    • Table 19: SELECT ASIA/AUSTRALIA EXISTING AND POTENTIAL TIGHT-GAS RESOURCES
    • Table 20: SELECT ASIA/AUSTRALIA EXISTING AND POTENTIAL SHALE GAS RESOURCES
    • Table 21: SELECT ASIA/AUSTRALIA EXISTING AND POTENTIAL COALBED METHANE RESOURCES
    • Table 22: ASIA/AUSTRALIA VERTICAL AND DIRECTIONAL DRILLING MARKET, THROUGH 2016
    • Table 23: ASIA/AUSTRALIA VERTICAL AND DIRECTIONAL DRILLING MARKET, THROUGH 2016
    • Table 24: ASIA/AUSTRALIA HORIZONTAL DRILLING MARKET, THROUGH 2016
    • Table 25: ASIA/AUSTRALIA HORIZONTAL DRILLING MARKET, THROUGH 2016
    • Table 26: ASIA/AUSTRALIA HYDROFRACTURE EQUIPMENT MARKET, THROUGH 2016
    • Table 27: ASIA/AUSTRALIA HYDROFRACTURE EQUIPMENT MARKET, THROUGH 2016
    • Table 28: ASIA/AUSTRALIA HYDROFRACTURE CHEMICALS MARKET, THROUGH 2016
    • Table 29: ASIA/AUSTRALIA HYDROFRACTURE EQUIPMENT MARKET, THROUGH 2016
    • Table 30: ASIA/AUSTRALIA WELL-COMPLETION AND WELL-OPERATION EQUIPMENT MARKET, THROUGH 2016
    • Table 31: ASIA/AUSTRALIA WELL-COMPLETION AND WELL-OPERATION EQUIPMENT MARKET, THROUGH 2016
    • Table 32: ASIAN NATIONAL OIL COMPANIES GLOBAL UNG INVESTMENTS AND ACTIVITY
    • Table 33: INDONESIA UNG PROJECTS OPERATORS AND FIELD OWNERS
    • Table 34: BAKER HUGHES INC. OVERVIEW
    • Table 35: HALLIBURTON OVERVIEW
    • Table 36: SCHLUMBERGER LIMITED OVERVIEW
    • Table 37: WEATHERFORD INTERNATIONAL OVERVIEW
    • Table 38: ARCHER WELL COMPANY OVERVIEW
    • Table 39: BASF SE OVERVIEW
    • Table 40: CAMERON INTERNATIONAL OVERVIEW
    • Table 41: CASEDHOLE SOLUTIONS INC. OVERVIEW
    • Table 42: ENSIGN ENERGY SERVICES INC. OVERVIEW
    • Table 43: KEY ENERGY SERVICES OVERVIEW
    • Table 44: LAYNE CHRISTENSEN COMPANY OVERVIEW
    • Table 45: NABORS-RYAN ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES OVERVIEW
    • Table 46: NEWPARK RESOURCES INC. OVERVIEW
    • Table 47: PRECISION DRILLING CORPORATION OVERVIEW
    • Table 48: SCHOELLER-BLECKMANN OILFIELD EQUIPMENT AG OVERVIEW
    • Table 49: TERRAVICI DRILLING SOLUTIONS OVERVIEW
    • Table 50: CORE LABORATORIES OVERVIEW
    • Table 51: FMC TECHNOLOGIES OVERVIEW
    • Table 52: FRAC TECH SERVICES LLC OVERVIEW
    • Table 53: GREENE'S ENERGY GROUP OVERVIEW
    • Table 54: MAGNUM OIL TOOLS INTERNATIONAL LTD. OVERVIEW
    • Table 55: NATIONAL OILWELL VARCO OVERVIEW
    • Table 56: PATTERSON-UTI ENERGY INC. OVERVIEW
    • Table 57: RPC INCORPORATED OVERVIEW
    • Table 58: WEIR GROUP PLC OVERVIEW
    • Table 59: ASHLAND INC. OVERVIEW
    • Table 60: ENERCHEM INTERNATIONAL INC. OVERVIEW
    • Table 61: SIBELCO GROUP OVERVIEW
    • Table 62: AIR LIQUIDE OVERVIEW
    • Table 63: AIR PRODUCTS AND CHEMICALS INC. OVERVIEW
    • Table 64: LINDE GROUP OVERVIEW
    • Table 65: PRAXAIR TECHNOLOGY INC. OVERVIEW
    • Table 66: LETOURNEAU TECHNOLOGIES INC. OVERVIEW
    • Table 67: LOADMASTER UNIVERSAL RIGS INC. OVERVIEW
    • Table 68: VERISTIC MANUFACTURING INC. OVERVIEW
    • Table 69: ALBEMARLE CORPORATION OVERVIEW
    • Table 70: BADGER MINING CORPORATION OVERVIEW
    • Table 71: CARBO CERAMICS INCORPORATED OVERVIEW
    • Table 72: CHINA GENGSHENG MINERALS CO. LTD OVERVIEW
    • Table 73: FAIRMOUNT MINERALS LIMITED OVERVIEW
    • Table 74: MINERACAO CURIMBABA LIMITADA OVERVIEW
    • Table 75: U.S. SILICA COMPANY OVERVIEW
    • Table 76: AKZONOBEL OVERVIEW
    • Table 77: CHAMPION TECHNOLOGIES INC. OVERVIEW
    • Table 78: CHEVRON PHILLIPS CHEMICAL OVERVIEW
    • Table 79: DOW CHEMICAL COMPANY OVERVIEW
    • Table 80: DUPONT DE NEMOURS OVERVIEW
    • Table 81: MOMENTIVE OVERVIEW
    • Table 82: SOLVAY RHODIA OVERVIEW
    • Table 83: ARIEL CORPORATION OVERVIEW
    • Table 84: CATERPILLAR OVERVIEW
    • Table 85: CHINA NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION OVERVIEW
    • Table 86: FLOWSERVE MANAGEMENT COMPANY OVERVIEW
    • Table 87: GARDNER DENVER INC. OVERVIEW
    • Table 88: GENERAL ELECTRIC OVERVIEW
    • Table 89: HUNTING PLC OVERVIEW
    • Table 90: LUFKIN INDUSTRIES INC. OVERVIEW
    • Table 91: MCCOY CORPORATION OVERVIEW
    • Table 92: OAO TMK OVERVIEW
    • Table 93: OIL STATES INTERNATIONAL INC. OVERVIEW
    • Table 94: TETRA TECHNOLOGIES INC. OVERVIEW
    • Table 95: VALLOUREC OVERVIEW
    • Table 96: WOOD GROUP OVERVIEW
    • Table 97: FLUID SYSTEMS INC. OVERVIEW
    • Table 98: SELECT ENERGY SERVICES OVERVIEW

List of Figures

  • Summary Figure: GLOBAL UNCONVENTIONAL NATURAL GAS TECHNOLOGIES MARKET, 2009-2016
    • Figure 1: GLOBAL NATURAL GAS CONSUMPTION, 1980-2010
    • Figure 2: GLOBAL NATURAL GAS PRODUCTION, 1980-2010
    • Figure 3: GLOBAL NATURAL GAS CONSUMPTION, 1980-2010
    • Figure 4: HISTORIC REGIONAL NATURAL GAS PRODUCTION, CONSUMPTION AND NET EXPORT, 2010*
    • Figure 5: NATURAL GAS PRODUCTION, CONSUMPTION, IMPORT AND EXPORT FOR SELECT COUNTRIES, 2010*
    • Figure 6: GLOBAL VERTICAL- AND DIRECTIONAL-DRILLING MARKET, 2009-2016
    • Figure 7: GLOBAL HORIZONTAL DRILLING MARKET, 2009-2016
    • Figure 8: GLOBAL HYDROFRACTURE EQUIPMENT MARKET, 2009-2016
    • Figure 9: GLOBAL HYDROFRACTURE CHEMICALS MARKET, 2009-2016
    • Figure 10: GLOBAL WELL-COMPLETION AND WELL-OPERATION EQUIPMENT MARKET, 2009-2016
    • Figure 11: GLOBAL UNCONVENTIONAL NATURAL GAS TECHNOLOGIES MARKET, 2009-2016
    • Figure 12: ASIA/AUSTRALIA UNCONVENTIONAL NATURAL GAS RESOURCE BASE OVERVIEW
    • Figure 13: AUSTRALIA TIGHT GAS RESOURCES
    • Figure 14: ASIA/AUSTRALIA VERTICAL AND DIRECTIONAL DRILLING MARKET, 2009-2016
    • Figure 15: ASIA/AUSTRALIA HORIZONTAL DRILLING MARKET, 2009-2016
    • Figure 16: ASIA/AUSTRALIA HYDROFRACTURE EQUIPMENT MARKET, 2009-2016
    • Figure 17: ASIA/AUSTRALIA HYDROFRACTURE EQUIPMENT MARKET, 2009-2016
    • Figure 18: ASIA/AUSTRALIA WELL-COMPLETION AND WELL-OPERATION EQUIPMENT MARKET, 2009-2016
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