Growing safety concern and increasing fastening material demand in oil & gas E&P is expected to fuel the global packer market growth over the next seven years. Growing oil & gas extraction activities globally is anticipated to bolster the market growth. Tubing & casings are deployed in the well bore for efficient formation fluid extraction. These are employed to control the well pressure, support the bore wall and restrict water contamination along the wellbore. Packer is a device made of elastomers and comprises properties such as high heat resistant, pressure sustainability and elasticity to bear shear stress. These are applied between bore wall, casing and tubing to sustain external forces and vibrations during drilling process. Increasing oil & gas drilling & extraction activities particularly in unconventional reserves is estimated to drive global packer market over the forecast period. Growing horizontal drilling activities across the globe is anticipated to foster the packer market. Upcoming E&P projects particularly in Asia Pacific and Latin America are also expected to bolster packer demand over the next seven years. Variations in ambient properties in different reservoir formations require more safety during extraction process is projected to surge packer demand over the next seven years. High raw material procurement cost in comparison to durability and requirement for customized packer design are key challenges for the market expansion.
On the basis of products, the market has been segmented into permanent and retrievable packers. As the name suggests, permanent packers can be removed only after completion of drilling process. These packers are highly cost intensive owing to more complex design and manufacturing process. Permanent packers contribute for less market share in comparison to their retrievable counterparts. Retrievable packers are used on a large scale owing to low cost and simple installation process. These can be changed during the drilling process several times using milling tools. This has led to high market penetration and is expected to remain the dominant product segment on account of large number of installation. Retrievable packers are expected to witness the fastest growth over the next seven years owing to multiple installations during the well lifecycle.
North America was the dominant regional packer market in 2014 and is expected to witness a significant growth over the foreseeable future owing to growing onshore extraction activities and increasing production of shale gas. Asia Pacific is expected to be the fastest growing regional market over the forecast period. Increasing drilling activities particularly in China, Indonesia, and Malaysia is anticipated to drive packer demand in the region. Upcoming E&P in shale reserves in China is anticipated to boost the market growth in the region over the next seven years. Future demand is anticipated to come from emerging economies such as Brazil, China, CIS countries and India owing to upcoming E&P projects in these regions.
Global packer market is majorly fragmented due to existence of large number of companies and top four companies are sharing less than 40% of the total market volume. Major market players include Baker Hughes Incorporated, Schulmberger Limited, Weatherford International Limited, TIW Corporation, Halliburton Company, Map Oil Tools, Inc., Logan Completion System, Team Oil Tools, Inc., and Tryton Tools Services.
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