Frac Sand Market by Type (White Sand, Brown Sand, and Others), Mesh size (20/40, 30/50, 40/70, and 100), and Application (Oil Exploration and Gas Extraction): Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2019-2026

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Frac Sand Market Outlook - 2026

Frac sand is a special variety of quartz sand used as a proppant in the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) of shale gas formations. A proppant is a solid material that is designed to keep an induced hydraulic fracture open. It is composed of high-purity silica sand and possesses ideal grain size & spherical shape and resists crushing. These qualities make them ideal for use in the process of fracking. In shale oil & gas exploration, frac sand along with water props open the cracks in the shale rocks. When the water pumps are turned off, frac sand prevents the fracture from closing, thereby enabling the flow of hydrocarbons in to storage tanks. The longer the proppant holds up against the enormous pressure of the fractures, the more petroleum can be extracted, maximizing the efficiency of the well. Alternate materials that have been used as a proppant are ceramic and aluminum beads, and sintered bauxite, but frac sand delivers the highest level of performance, and is thus, preferred by the petroleum industry.   


The global frac sand market is driven by the thriving oil and gas exploration industry, which uses hydraulic fracturing process in the extraction of oil & natural gas. A single shale well employing hydraulic fracturing demands about thousand tons of frac sand. On the contrary, the non-availability of shale deposits globally limits the global frac sand market growth. Further, health hazards concerned with the prolonged exposure to frac sand is anticipated to hamper the market growth. However, the fluctuating crude oil prices and discovery of new shale reserves are expected to offer new opportunities for the global frac sand market. Furthermore, frac sand supply infrastructure if built closer to the demand site is expected to minimize the logistics cost, thereby increasing the economy of the hydraulic fracturing process. In addition, hydraulic fracturing of methane hydrate is the upcoming opportunity in the growth of global frac sand market.

The global LVT flooring market is segmented into type, mesh size, application, and region. On the basis of type, the market is segmented into white sand, brown sand and others. On the basis of mesh size, the market is segmented into 20/40, 30/50, 40/70, and 100 mesh size. The application of frac sand is in oil and gas extraction. By region, it is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA.
The key players involved in the mining and processing of frac sands are Black Mountain Sand, Hi-Crush Inc., U.S. Silica, Carbo Ceramics Inc., Fairmount Santrol, Preferred Sands, Badger Mining Corporation, Unimin Corporation, Emerge Energy Services LP, and Smart Sand Inc.. among others.

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  • Major countries in the region have been mapped according to their individual revenue contribution to the regional market.
  • The key drivers, restraints, and market opportunities and their detailed impact analysis are elucidated in the study.
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Scope of the Report:


Market size available for years


Base year considered


Forecast period


Forecast units

Value (USD)

Segments covered

Type, Mesh size, Application and Region

Geographies covered

North America (US and Canada), Europe (Germany, UK, France, and the Rest of Europe), Asia Pacific (China, Japan, India, and the Rest of Asia Pacific), Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, and the Rest of LATAM) and The Middle East and Africa

Companies covered

Major companies covered, include Black Mountain Sand, Hi-Crush Inc., U.S. Silica, CARBO Ceramics Inc., Fairmount Santrol, Preferred Sands, Badger Mining Corporation, Unimin Corporation, Emerge Energy Services LP, and Smart Sand Inc.



Key Market Segmentation:




By Type

  • White sand
  • Brown sand
  • Others

By Mesh Size

  • 20/40
  • 30/50
  • 40/70
  • 100

By Application

  • Oil Exploration
  • Gas extraction

By Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • UK
    • Germany
    • France
    • Spain
    • Italy
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • Australia
    • South Korea
    • Rest of Asia-Pacific
    • Brazil
    • Saudi Arabia
    • South Africa
    • Rest of LAMEA

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