Completion fluids are solid free highly filtered liquids that are used in the completion of oil and gas wells. Completion fluids help facilitate the final operation before the initiation of production. The chemical composition or properties of completion fluids should be in line with the reservoir characteristics. Brines such as bromides, chlorides, and formates are the typically used completion fluids. Besides these, any fluid with proper characteristics can be used as completion fluid. Based on application, the global completion fluids market has been segmented into onshore and offshore operations. In terms of fluid type, the completion fluids market can be segregated into oil based fluids, water based fluids, synthetic based fluids, and foams. The completion fluids market can be further divided in terms of region.
Global Completion Fluids Market: Trends and Opportunities
The global completion fluids market is expected to expand significantly, led by the rise in demand for cutting-edge technologies and implementation of nanotechnology. Increase in demand for energy, significant expansion of the shale industry, and rise in offshore drilling activities to locate the potential oil and gas reserves are the primary factors driving the completion fluids market. Usage of ecofriendly fluids that are less damaging to reservoirs is expected to be the new trend in the global completion fluids market. The completion fluids market is anticipated to expand at a significant pace in the near future due to the adoption of the state-of-the-art components and nanotechnology.
The global completion fluids market has been contracting since the last few years owing to the instability in the upstream sector. Factors such as initial cost of upstream project, political issues, and stringent regulations of governments are restrains in completion fluids market. Certain regulations pertaining to environmental concerns, especially in offshore projects, need to be cleared by agencies such as the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and Ministry of Environmental Affairs (MEA). These factors are estimated to hamper the completion fluids market in the next few years.
Global Completion Fluids Market: Region-wise Overview
North America constitutes significant share of the global completion fluids market due to the abundance of oil and gas reserves and increase in shale gas production and exploration activities across the U.S. and Canada. The completion fluids market in the Middle East has been expanding substantially due to the abundance of oil and gas reserves in the region, rise in demand for energy, and rapid industrial development.
The completion fluids market in Europe has been expanding significantly owing to the rise in exploration activities in the North Sea. The decreasing levels of production, demands going in to deeper waters to find oil and gas reserves. Increase in population coupled with the rise in demand for energy is likely to drive the completion fluids market in emerging economies in Asia Pacific. The oil & gas market in Africa has been contracting since the last few years due to the various social and political factors such as internal wars etc. Nevertheless, these issues have been well handled by concerned authorities and security across the region has improved considerably. This has encouraged companies to commence operations in Africa. In turn, this is expected to boost the completion fluids market in the region in the next few years.
Global Completion Fluids Market: Competitive Landscape
Key players operating in the completion fluids market include Royal Dutch Shell Inc., SynOil Energy Services, Geo Drilling Fluids, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, Pt. Tesso Tetra Chemika, Halliburton, Canadian Energy Services, Tetra Technologies Inc., and Anchor Drilling Fluids Inc.
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