Drag reducing agent (DRA), also called drag reducer or flow improver, is a long chain polymer chemical that is used in crude oil, refined products or non-potable water pipelines. It is injected in small amounts (parts per million) and is used to reduce the frictional pressure drop along the pipeline's length. Its use has allowed pipeline systems to greatly increase in traditional capacity and extend the life of existing systems.
The global drag reducing agent market was 181.7 MT in 2016 and is expected to increase to 316.3 MT by 2023. Overall, the drag reducing agent market performance is positive with the global economic recovery.
The technical barrier of drag reducing agent is high, and dominated by certain companies, such as LSPI, Baker Hughes, Flowchem, Innospec, Oil Flux Americas, NuGenTec and son on. Production of drag reducing agent mainly distributes in USA and China.
As for consumption, the largest consumption volume comes from the North America region. In 2016, the region consumed about 46.51% drag reducing agent globally. USA plays a key role in the regions. The follower consumer is Asia-Pacific, with 34.1 MT being consumed in the same year.
Recent years, supported by various countries’ policies and oil & gas development, the demand in downstream increases rapidly, stimulating the drag reducing agent industry correspondingly. The increased consumption of drag reducing agent is expected to continue during the remaining years of the forecast period of 2018-2023. It is estimated that global market of drag reducing agent will be worthy of 1288.00 million USD in 2023, with the CAGR of 6.61% during the period.