Nouryon to support growing innovation is increasing surfactants production capacity in Sweden

  • Published | 12 September 2019

The expansion will allow Nouryon to increase the output of products which is going to influence the oilfield chemicals market

Global: Nouryon will double its capacity of surfactants plant in Stenungsund, Sweden to support the growth of several existing products, as well as new sustainable technologies for markets including oil and gas, lubricants and fuels, and asphalt. The €12-million expansion and upgrade project includes the installation of a new reactor and is expected to completed by the first quarter of 2021.


The additional capacity will allow Nouryon to expand the production of several innovative technologies for the oil and gas market. These include Armohib CI-5150, a corrosion inhibitor meeting the industry’s most stringent environmental requirements, and a range of biodegradable demulsifiers providing sustainable option separating crude oil from natural gas and water.


According to BlueWeave Consulting, increasing demand for more innovative and eco-friendly products is anticipated to boost the global oilfield chemical market in the coming years. Biodegradable demulsifiers help oil and gas producers and meet the requirement of the customer and government regulatory. Increasing awareness regarding environmental destruction and government incentives is adding fuel to the growth of the market. Demulsifiers are used to isolate water and oil in the oilfield and offer a change in the oil density and allow more natural separation by a decrease in the corrosion of the pipelines. This marks in decline in the overall maintenance cost of the equipment. The finding of new oil and gas reserves in various regions along with enhanced oil recovery development activities and shale gas will further accelerate growth prospects. Rapid evolution and investment by global and regional oilfield service companies, as a result of E&P Companies enhancing their business in developing nations. Increasing demand for fuel in the transportation sector and technological advancements are aiding to the market growth. Stringent laws and fluctuations in prices of oil are expected to hamper the growth of the market.


According to BlueWeave Consulting report titled “Oilfield Chemicals Market Analysis By Product (Inhibitors, Demulsifiers, Rheology Modifiers, Friction Reducers, Biocides, Surfactants, Foamers), By Application – Production Chemicals, Drilling, Well Stimulation, Cementing, Enhanced Oil Recovery, Workover And Completion), By Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa And Latin America); Size And Forecast, 2015-2025”


Oilfield chemicals are chemical components that applied in oil & gas extraction operations. These chemicals facilitate the maintenance of smooth operating oilfield, which results in the reduction of expenses over delays and stoppages during drilling processes. Due to the availability of a large number of offshore shale reserves, increasing demand for crude oil, and growing product demand in various petroleum operations. The oilfield chemicals market continues to witness strong growth as it led to cost-effective extraction, exploration, and production of oil and natural gas. These chemicals impede the formation of the metal scales and reduce the water quantity into the oil well throughout exploration & drilling, which results in rising demand and applications of oilfield chemicals. Moreover, the ongoing activities to meet the global energy demand brought more petroleum crude oil wells to the production state globally, which increases the demand for oilfield chemicals.