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Global Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Market by Type (Plaster, Silicate, Lime, Potassium Salt), By Application (Oil and Gas, Shale Gas) And By Region (North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Middle East & Africa), Forecast From 2022 To 2030-report

Global Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Market by Type (Plaster, Silicate, Lime, Potassium Salt), By Application (Oil and Gas, Shale Gas) And By Region (North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Middle East & Africa), Forecast From 2022 To 2030

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Market Overview:

The global oilfield shale inhibitors market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.5% during the forecast period from 2018 to 2030. The growth in this market can be attributed to the increasing demand for oil and gas, shale gas, and other hydrocarbons across the globe. In addition, the growing awareness about environmental concerns is also propelling the demand for oilfield shale inhibitors globally. The global oilfield shale inhibitors market can be segmented on the basis of type into plaster, silicate, lime, and potassium salt. The plaster segment is expected to hold a major share of the global market in 2018 owing to its high performance and low cost as compared to other types of inhibitors available in the market. On account of their superior properties such as thermal stability and resistance against water erosion, silicate-based products are anticipated to witness significant growth during the forecast period from 2018to 2030.

Global Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Industry Outlook

Product Definition:

Oilfield shale inhibitors are chemicals that are used to prevent the formation of oilfield shales. These inhibitors are typically added to drilling fluids and can help reduce the incidence of shale formations. Oilfield shales can cause problems for drillers, as they can lead to equipment failures and reduced production rates. Inhibitors help to minimize these issues by preventing the formation of these troublesome deposits.


Plaster is a widely used material in the oilfield shale inhibitors market. It is a fine powder made from calcium sulfate or calcium carbonate and clay. The material has high water absorption capacity which helps it to inhibit the migration of oil, gas, and fluids in formations where impermeable rocks meet porous ones.


Silicates are crystalline, inorganic, and non-metals that are made of silicon and oxygen. They have a similar structure to that of sand; composed of grains called clays. The most common silicate is sodium silicate which has the formula (2SiO4)2.

Application Insights:

The global oilfield shale inhibitors market is segmented by application into oil and gas, and shale gas. The oil and gas segment dominated the overall industry in 2017, accounting for over 60% of the total revenue share. This high share is attributable to rising demand from onshore activities such as conventional exploration & production of crude oil & natural gas along with growing onshore hydrocarbon infrastructure development across various regions including Asia Pacific, North America, Latin America etc.

Shale Gas was the fastest-growing application segment owing to increasing exploration activities for shaleGas reserves globally which has been proven as a clean fossil fuel alternative source replacing coal in power generation applications due to its higher combustion rate when compared with other conventional fuels such as crude Oil or Natural Gas etc. Increasing use of this abundant resource both directly within households through domestic heating applications along with its usage in industrial processes such as cement manufacturing will further boost product demand over the forecast period.

Regional Analysis:

North America was the dominant regional market in 2017 and accounted for over 45% of the global revenue share. The U.S., which is one of the major consumers of oilfield shale inhibitors, has witnessed a significant increase in its production owing to technological advancements and high demand from end-use industries such as construction, automotive, marine and power generation sectors.

The Asia Pacific is expected to be one of the fastest-growing markets with a CAGR exceeding 6% during the forecast period on account of rapid development in China's oil & gas industry along with growing investments by MNCs for enhancing production capacity from tight oil wells using enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) techniques are anticipated to drive product demand over coming years. In addition, increasing government support towards E&P activities coupled will low labor costs across countries such as China and India are expected to further boost exploration activities thereby driving product demand over coming years.

Growth Factors:

  • Increasing demand for oilfield shale inhibitors from the upstream and downstream sectors of the oil and gas industry to improve production efficiency and reduce environmental impact.
  • Growing number of drilling activities for shale gas exploration across North America, Asia Pacific, and Europe is expected to drive the market growth over the forecast period.
  • Rising investments in R&D by key players to develop novel products that can address specific needs of various applications is projected to propel market growth.
  • Proliferation of hydraulic fracturing or fracking technology for shale gas extraction is anticipated to create new opportunities for oilfield shale inhibitors market over the next few years.

Scope Of The Report

Report Attributes

Report Details

Report Title

Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Market Research Report

By Type

Plaster, Silicate, Lime, Potassium Salt

By Application

Oil and Gas, Shale Gas

By Companies

Schlumberger, Halliburton, DowDupont, Nalco Champion, BASF, GE(Baker Hughes), Chevron Phillips, CESTC, Newpark Resources, Clariant, Lubrizol, Calumet, Ashland, Kemira, CNPC, CNOOC

Regions Covered

North America, Europe, APAC, Latin America, MEA

Base Year


Historical Year

2019 to 2020 (Data from 2010 can be provided as per availability)

Forecast Year


Number of Pages


Number of Tables & Figures


Customization Available

Yes, the report can be customized as per your need.

Global Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Market Report Segments:

The global Oilfield Shale Inhibitors market is segmented on the basis of:


Plaster, Silicate, Lime, Potassium Salt

The product segment provides information about the market share of each product and the respective CAGR during the forecast period. It lays out information about the product pricing parameters, trends, and profits that provides in-depth insights of the market. Furthermore, it discusses latest product developments & innovation in the market.


Oil and Gas, Shale Gas

The application segment fragments various applications of the product and provides information on the market share and growth rate of each application segment. It discusses the potential future applications of the products and driving and restraining factors of each application segment.

Some of the companies that are profiled in this report are:

  1. Schlumberger
  2. Halliburton
  3. DowDupont
  4. Nalco Champion
  5. BASF
  6. GE(Baker Hughes)
  7. Chevron Phillips
  8. CESTC
  9. Newpark Resources
  10. Clariant
  11. Lubrizol
  12. Calumet
  13. Ashland
  14. Kemira
  15. CNPC
  16. CNOOC

Global Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Market Overview

Highlights of The Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Market Report:

  1. The market structure and projections for the coming years.
  2. Drivers, restraints, opportunities, and current trends of market.
  3. Historical data and forecast.
  4. Estimations for the forecast period 2030.
  5. Developments and trends in the market.
  6. By Type:

    1. Plaster
    2. Silicate
    3. Lime
    4. Potassium Salt
  1. By Application:

    1. Oil and Gas
    2. Shale Gas
  1. Market scenario by region, sub-region, and country.
  2. Market share of the market players, company profiles, product specifications, SWOT analysis, and competitive landscape.
  3. Analysis regarding upstream raw materials, downstream demand, and current market dynamics.
  4. Government Policies, Macro & Micro economic factors are also included in the report.

We have studied the Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Market in 360 degrees via. both primary & secondary research methodologies. This helped us in building an understanding of the current market dynamics, supply-demand gap, pricing trends, product preferences, consumer patterns & so on. The findings were further validated through primary research with industry experts & opinion leaders across countries. The data is further compiled & validated through various market estimation & data validation methodologies. Further, we also have our in-house data forecasting model to predict market growth up to 2030.

Regional Analysis

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa
  • Latin America

Note: A country of choice can be added in the report at no extra cost. If more than one country needs to be added, the research quote will vary accordingly.

The geographical analysis part of the report provides information about the product sales in terms of volume and revenue in regions. It lays out potential opportunities for the new entrants, emerging players, and major players in the region. The regional analysis is done after considering the socio-economic factors and government regulations of the countries in the regions.

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Frequently Asked Questions?

Oilfield shale inhibitors are chemicals used to prevent the migration of oil and gas from shale formations.

Some of the major companies in the oilfield shale inhibitors market are Schlumberger, Halliburton, DowDupont, Nalco Champion, BASF, GE(Baker Hughes), Chevron Phillips, CESTC, Newpark Resources, Clariant, Lubrizol, Calumet, Ashland, Kemira, CNPC, CNOOC.

The oilfield shale inhibitors market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 5.5%.

1. Executive Summary

2. Assumptions and Acronyms Used

3. Research Methodology

4. Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Market Overview
   4.1. Introduction
      4.1.1. Market Taxonomy
      4.1.2. Market Definition
   4.2. Macro-Economic Factors
      4.2.1. Industry Outlook
   4.3. Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Market Dynamics
      4.3.1. Market Drivers
      4.3.2. Market Restraints
      4.3.3. Opportunity
      4.3.4. Market Trends
   4.4. Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Market - Supply Chain
   4.5. Global Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Market Forecast
      4.5.1. Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Market Size (US$ Mn) and Y-o-Y Growth
      4.5.2. Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Market Size (000’ Units) and Y-o-Y Growth
      4.5.3. Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Market Absolute $ Opportunity

5. Global Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Market Analysis and Forecast by Type
   5.1. Market Trends
   5.2. Introduction
      5.2.1. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Type
      5.2.2. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Type
   5.3. Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Market Size and Volume Forecast by Type
      5.3.1. Plaster
      5.3.2. Silicate
      5.3.3. Lime
      5.3.4. Potassium Salt
   5.4. Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Type
   5.5. Market Attractiveness/Growth Potential Analysis by Type

6. Global Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Market Analysis and Forecast by Application
   6.1. Market Trends
   6.2. Introduction
      6.2.1. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Application
      6.2.2. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Application
   6.3. Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Market Size and Volume Forecast by Application
      6.3.1. Oil and Gas
      6.3.2. Shale Gas
   6.4. Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Application
   6.5. Market Attractiveness/Growth Potential Analysis by Application

7. Global Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Market Analysis and Forecast by Sales Channel
   7.1. Market Trends
   7.2. Introduction
      7.2.1. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Sales Channel 
      7.2.2. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Sales Channel
   7.3. Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Market Size and Volume Forecast by Sales Channel 
      7.3.1. Manufacturer/Distributor/Service Provider
      7.3.2. Aftermarket
   7.4. Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Sales Channel
   7.5. Market Attractiveness/Growth Potential Analysis by Sales Channel

8. Global Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Market Analysis and Forecast by Region
   8.1. Market Trends
   8.2. Introduction
      8.2.1. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Region
      8.2.2. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Region
   8.3. Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Market Size and Volume Forecast by Region
      8.3.1. North America
      8.3.2. Latin America
      8.3.3. Europe
      8.3.4. Asia Pacific
      8.3.5. Middle East and Africa (MEA)
   8.4. Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Region
   8.5. Market Attractiveness/Growth Potential Analysis by Region
   8.6. Global Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Demand Share Forecast, 2019-2026

9. North America Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Market Analysis and Forecast
   9.1. Introduction
      9.1.1. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Country
      9.1.2. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Country
   9.2. North America Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Market Size and Volume Forecast by Country
      9.2.1. U.S.
      9.2.2. Canada
   9.3. Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Country
   9.4. North America Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Market Size and Volume Forecast by Application
      9.4.1. Oil and Gas
      9.4.2. Shale Gas
   9.5. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Application
   9.6. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Application
   9.7. North America Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Market Size and Volume Forecast by Type
      9.7.1. Plaster
      9.7.2. Silicate
      9.7.3. Lime
      9.7.4. Potassium Salt
   9.8. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Type
   9.9. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Type
   9.10. Market Attractiveness/Growth Potential Analysis
      9.10.1. By Country
      9.10.2. By Product Type
      9.10.3. By Application
      9.10.4. By Sales Channel
   9.11. North America Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Demand Share Forecast, 2019-2026

10. Latin America Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Market Analysis and Forecast
   10.1. Introduction
      10.1.1. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Country
      10.1.2. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Country
      10.1.3. Latin America Average Pricing Analysis
   10.2. Latin America Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Market Size and Volume Forecast by Country
      10.2.1. Brazil
      10.2.2. Mexico
      10.2.3. Rest of Latin America
   10.3. Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Country
   10.4. Latin America Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Market Size and Volume Forecast by Application
      10.4.1. Oil and Gas
      10.4.2. Shale Gas
   10.5. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Application
   10.6. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Application
   10.7. Latin America Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Market Size and Volume Forecast by Type
      10.7.1. Plaster
      10.7.2. Silicate
      10.7.3. Lime
      10.7.4. Potassium Salt
   10.8. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Type
   10.9. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Type
   10.10. Market Attractiveness/Growth Potential Analysis
      10.10.1. By Country
      10.10.2. By Product Type
      10.10.3. By Application
      10.10.4. By Sales Channel
   10.11. Latin America Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Demand Share Forecast, 2019-2026

11. Europe Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Market Analysis and Forecast
   11.1. Introduction
      11.1.1. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Country
      11.1.2. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Country
      11.1.3. Europe Average Pricing Analysis
   11.2. Europe Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Market Size and Volume Forecast by Country
      11.2.1. Germany
      11.2.2. France
      11.2.3. Italy
      11.2.4. U.K.
      11.2.5. Spain
      11.2.6. Russia
      11.2.7. Rest of Europe
   11.3. Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Country
   11.4. Europe Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Market Size and Volume Forecast by Application
      11.4.1. Oil and Gas
      11.4.2. Shale Gas
   11.5. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Application
   11.6. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Application
   11.7. Europe Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Market Size and Volume Forecast by Type
      11.7.1. Plaster
      11.7.2. Silicate
      11.7.3. Lime
      11.7.4. Potassium Salt
   11.8. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis b Type
   11.9. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Type
   11.10. Market Attractiveness/Growth Potential Analysis
      11.10.1. By Country
      11.10.2. By Product Type
      11.10.3. By Application
      11.10.4. By Sales Channel
   11.11. Europe Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Demand Share, 2019-2026

12. Asia Pacific Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Market Analysis and Forecast
   12.1. Introduction
      12.1.1. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Country
      12.1.2. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Country
      12.1.3. Asia Pacific Average Pricing Analysis
   12.2. Asia Pacific Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Market Size and Volume Forecast by Country
      12.2.1. China
      12.2.2. Japan
      12.2.3. South Korea
      12.2.4. India
      12.2.5. Australia
      12.2.6. Rest of Asia Pacific (APAC)
   12.3. Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Country
   12.4. Asia Pacific Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Market Size and Volume Forecast by Application
      12.4.1. Oil and Gas
      12.4.2. Shale Gas
   12.5. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Application
   12.6. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Application
   12.7. Asia Pacific Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Market Size and Volume Forecast by Type
      12.7.1. Plaster
      12.7.2. Silicate
      12.7.3. Lime
      12.7.4. Potassium Salt
   12.8. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Type
   12.9. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Type
   12.10. Market Attractiveness/Growth Potential Analysis
      12.10.1. By Country
      12.10.2. By Product Type
      12.10.3. By Application
      12.10.4. By Sales Channel
   12.11. Asia Pacific Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Demand Share, 2019-2026

13. Middle East & Africa Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Market Analysis and Forecast
   13.1. Introduction
      13.1.1. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Country
      13.1.2. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Country
      13.1.3. Asia Pacific Average Pricing Analysis
   13.2. Middle East & Africa Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Market Size and Volume Forecast by Country
      13.2.1. Saudi Arabia
      13.2.2. South Africa
      13.2.3. UAE
      13.2.4. Rest of Middle East & Africa (MEA)
   13.3. Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Country
   13.4. Middle East & Africa Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Market Size and Volume Forecast by Application
      13.4.1. Oil and Gas
      13.4.2. Shale Gas
   13.5. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Application
   13.6. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Application
   13.7. Middle East & Africa Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Market Size and Volume Forecast by Type
      13.7.1. Plaster
      13.7.2. Silicate
      13.7.3. Lime
      13.7.4. Potassium Salt
   13.8. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Type
   13.9. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Type
   13.10. Market Attractiveness/Growth Potential Analysis
      13.10.1. By Country
      13.10.2. By Product Type
      13.10.3. By Application
      13.10.4. By Sales Channel
   13.11. Middle East & Africa Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Demand Share, 2019-2026

14. Competition Landscape
   14.1. Global Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Market: Market Share Analysis
   14.2. Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Distributors and Customers
   14.3. Oilfield Shale Inhibitors Market: Competitive Dashboard
   14.4. Company Profiles (Details – Overview, Financials, Developments, Strategy) 
      14.4.1. Schlumberger Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.2. Halliburton Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.3. DowDupont Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.4. Nalco Champion Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.5. BASF Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.6. GE(Baker Hughes) Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.7. Chevron Phillips Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.8. CESTC Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.9. Newpark Resources Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.10. Clariant Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.11. Lubrizol Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.12. Calumet Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.13. Ashland Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.14. Kemira Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.15. CNPC Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.16. CNOOC Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.17. COMPANY 17 Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.18. COMPANY 18 Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.19. COMPANY 19 Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.20. COMPANY 20 Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook

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