North American Completion Services

With Shale Intelligence, our clients receive multiple reports that provide high-level insights on the latest market developments and our five-year forecasts for specific well services markets within the North American shale industry. Our advanced methodology incorporates interviews with on-the-ground experts, thoroughly conducted market research and near real-time satellite-based oilfield activity monitoring, providing clients with market intelligence that blends data analytics and primary research. 

We deliver research reports, datasheets, deep dive analyses and commentaries on the latest developments in the North American oilfield service industry. Shale Intelligence comes in a series of five quarterly reports along with excel background datasheets. 

We support our clients with tailormade studies and reports as part of our advisory services. Our strong group of management consultants can combine Rystad Energy's rich inventory of data with additional detailed analysis and synthesis, providing high impact strategy and market advice. We advise clients across the whole shale value chain, including service companies. Typical engagements center around valuation, transaction support, cost benchmarking, value chain analysis, competitor analysis, custom macro scenarios and detailed market assessments.

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  • Activity Metrics: Play-by-play details of the US rig count, wells spud, wells fracked, frac stages, stimulated length, capex, DUC count, zipper frac penetration rates, etc., with a rolling five-year forecast 
  • Frac Services: Detailed analysis and forecast of the North American fracturing services market, including a regional breakdown of supply, demand, utilization and pricing, as well as technology trends and analysis of stacked versus active horsepower 
  • Proppant Market: Analysis and forecast of US frac sand supply, demand and pricing, by play, by type (Northern White Sand, in-basin sand in Permian, Eagle Ford, Mid-Con, Haynesville and other regions, etc.) 
  • Water Management Services: Analysis of the US oilfield water management market, including regional supply, demand, pricing, trends for sourcing, logistics, drill/frac, flowback, treatment and disposal services, and the competitive landscape 
  • Stimulation Chemicals Market: In-depth analysis of the stimulation chemicals market and trends, including a market overview report and deep-dive reports on five key chemical categories (biocides, HCl, gelling agent, crosslinker and friction reducer)


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Our market research and data provides detailed information that is used by industry professionals to help them make informed decisions. The Shale Intelligence product suite is an ideal tool, for instance, for supply chain category managers reviewing the service landscape before negotiating with suppliers or deciding who to partner with, or for market analysts assessing drilling and completions trends in order to strategize and finalize budgets. 

  • Shale Intelligence Reports & Excel Datasheets cover play-by-play analysis and forecasts on various key oilfield service markets. These quarterly reports include drilling and completions well counts (historical and five-year forecasts), pressure pumping demand and supply – by pressure pumper, by region and by equipment status (active, warm-stacked and cold-stacked). In addition, the reports cover granular insights into supply, demand and pricing trends in the proppant, water management services and stimulation chemicals markets. 
  • Deep Dives into topics of interest on request from clients will help readers get deeper insights into areas that are relevant to their workflows and businesses. 
  • Shale Commentaries deliver regular insights and analysis into selected topics and recent news and trends. The commentaries range from analysis of significant state data updates and news-driven reactive notes, to comprehensive fundamental research on complex industry matters.


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For executives and senior managers seeking fact-based reports to support strategic work and decision making processes, our advisory team can provide high impact studies across multiple topics. With our rich datasets and analytics offerings as a starting point, we can quickly provide deep insights across multiple topics. Additionally, we have nurtured a broad industry network, which can provide us with qualitative insights related to the specific task at hand, including: 

  • Transaction support and market sizing: Valuation of E&P assets, commercial due diligence, opportunity screening, market sizing and outlooks. We can apply additional quantitative models on top of our existing data to perform various assessments, including more dynamic scenarios.  
  • Benchmarking: We can review performance across multiple dimensions such as costs, operational excellence and well performance, and will work with client organizations to pinpoint performance drivers.  
  • Competitor analysis: We can analyze competitors through various lenses and highlight strengths and weaknesses. This type of analysis would typically also be included in market reports and transaction support. 
  • Custom macro scenarios: Given the big impact of US shale on the global oil and gas macro environment, we support clients with more tailored scenarios, including dynamic simulation of the oil market through differing key assumptions.