Perforating Gun Market Sees Increasing Demand

  • North America the fastest growing market for perforating guns.
  • Increasing shale gas exploration and production will drive the global perforating gun demand close to $879 million by 2022.
  • The vertical well is expected to be the largest segment of perforating gun.

The perforating gun market is projected to reach $898.7 million by 2022, at a CAGR of 3.71%, from 2017 to 2022. The North American market is estimated to be the largest for perforating guns, followed by Asia Pacific in 2017.

The increase in oil & gas production, increased shale exploration, growing complexity of reservoir conditions, and increase in average well depth over the years are the major drivers of the perforating gun market. The increase in demand for oil and scarcity of supply due to a drop in oil production by OPEC and non-OPEC countries to stabilize oil prices has led to investments in the upstream oil & gas activities. The major oil & gas companies see the increasing demand as an opportunity for their upstream businesses, which will ultimately drive the perforating gun market.

The perforating gun market is mainly driven by the increase in the average well depth over the years. The conventional oil & gas reservoirs are depleting. The new reservoirs are found deep below the earth’s surface. The various methods such as reperforation, drilling of unconventional oil wells, and increasing oil production in hostile reservoir environments with the help of advanced technologies are carried out to meet the oil & gas demand. Thus, the need for technically efficient and advanced perforating guns is increasing to meet the requirements of drilling operators.

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North America: The fastest growing market for perforating guns.

The market in North America is expected to be the fastest-growing market for perforating guns, closely followed by the Middle East. The US, Canadian, and Mexican governments are looking to invest heavily in the upstream oil & gas industry to reduce imports and move toward self-sustainability. North America is projected to dominate the global perforating gun market by 2022 due to increasing oil & gas activities in the region. The market in North America is also expected to grow at the highest CAGR from 2017 to 2022. This growth is attributed to increased investments in the upstream oil & gas sector, especially in the US. This will ultimately create an opportunity for the perforating gun market.

Increasing shale gas exploration and production will drive the global perforating gun demand close to $879 million by 2022

Perforating guns are designed to hold an array of explosive charges and are lowered into the well to the depth where the connection to the reservoir is made. The gun is then fired to make multiple holes in the casing. The multiple fractures made by the perforating gun act as channels through which reservoir fluids, in the form of hydrocarbons, flow from the formation into the wellbore and up to the surface

The vertical well is expected to be the largest segment of perforating gun

Most oil & gas companies across the globe are investing in the upstream oil & gas sector. The vertical well segment led the perforating gun market in 2016 and is expected to dominate the market during the forecast period.

The growth of this segment is primarily driven by the advanced techniques in the upstream sector and the increasing demand for oil & gas. In some cases, oil & gas operators still rely on vertical drill wells where the oil/gas reserves are available at a short depth from the surface. Furthermore, vertical wells are the most preferred form of wells as they can be further fractured and converted into unconventional wells once oil production starts decreasing. These factors will drive the vertical well segment.

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The leading players in the perforating gun market include Baker Hughes (US), Schlumberger (US), Halliburton (US), Weatherford (US), National Oilwell Varco (US), DynaEnergetics (Germany), Hunting (UK), and Yellow Jacket Oil Tools (US).

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Edwin Sergio

Energy | Oil and Gas Consultant


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