Refinery Process Chemicals Market Size & Share, by Product (Corrosion Inhibitors, PH Adjusters, Catalysts, Anti-fouling Agents); Application (Cracking Process, Conversion Process, Blending Process); End-use (Petroleum Refining, Petrochemicals, Natural Gas Processing) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2024-2036

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  • Published Date: Nov 30, 2023
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Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2024-2036

Refinery Process Chemicals Market size is anticipated to cross USD 30 Billion by the end of 2036, growing at a CAGR of 4% during the forecast period, i.e., 2024-2036. In the year 2023, the industry size of refinery process chemicals was over USD 19 Billion. One of the key growth drivers for the market is anticipated to be the continuously rising demand for fuels, particularly from the transportation sector. OPEC predicted in its 2023 World Oil Outlook that global fuel demand is estimated to reach 116 million barrels per day (bpd) by 2045, up from 99.6 million bpd in 2022. However, specialized chemicals and methods must be used for cost-effective and efficient fuel generation. As a result, increased demand for transportation fuels drives the demand for refinery chemicals.

Furthermore, growing environmental awareness and tightening regulatory standards necessitate the utilization of refinery process chemicals to reduce emissions, optimize energy consumption, and mitigate environmental impacts. For instance, in many nations, a large number of states, local, and tribal governments are implementing clean energy policies to lower energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, enhance public health and air quality, and accomplish economic development objectives. Compliance with emissions reduction targets and regulations often entails using specialized chemicals that aid pollutant capture and abatement. In light of this, the demand for refinery process chemicals market is predicted to grow.

Refinery Process Chemicals Market
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Refinery Process Chemicals Sector: Growth Drivers and Challenges

Growth Drivers

  • Rapid Shift Towards High-Value and Bio-based Products - Along with extra fuels, refineries concentrate on manufacturing higher-value products like petrochemicals and specialized chemicals. Because of this change, there is a need for specific chemicals used in refinery processes to produce these intricate goods. Additionally, the refinery process chemicals market is moving toward renewable and bio-based chemicals for refinery operations. The necessity to lessen the industry's carbon footprint and concerns about the depletion of fossil fuels is driving this trend. Chemicals derived from biomass have the potential to lower greenhouse gas emissions and lessen dependency on non-renewable resources. Also, increasing government initiatives for the adoption of biomass in various industries are driving the growth of the market. For instance, in order to facilitate the implementation of the government's upcoming carbon budget, the UK Government's 2023 strategy lays out a medium-term plan to further promote biomass uses in the transportation, electricity, and heat sectors.
  • Surge in the Adoption of Petroleum-based Products - Products derived from petroleum are utilized in many different industries, such as chemicals, plastics, textiles, and pharmaceuticals. The demand for these goods rises in tandem with the world's population growth. The efficient and economical manufacturing of these petroleum-based goods requires specialized chemicals and procedures. Chemicals used in refinery processes are used to increase productivity and efficiency, lessen environmental impact, and yield higher-quality products. Therefore, the refinery process chemicals market value is being increased by the increase in petroleum-based goods.
  • Growing Use of Refinery Process Chemicals in the Oil & Gas Industry - Expansion in the oil & gas is also likely to boost market progress in the next few years. According to an estimation, the oil and gas sector worldwide generated USD 7000 billion in revenue overall in 2022. Refinery process chemicals are used in various processes such as distillation, cracking, and reforming. Regional and international refinery process chemicals manufacturers are investing significantly in the R&D of new products to broaden their customer base.


  • Increasing Demand for Alternative Products - The market's growth will be constrained by the growing popularity of renewable resources including solar energy, natural gas, and other alternative energy. As per a report, for the past 20 years, there has been an increase in the global consumption of natural gas. The global natural gas consumption was estimated to be 3.94 trillion cubic meters in 2022. Furthermore, it is commonly known that the significant carbon emissions of crude oil have a negative impact on the ecosystem globally. It is consequently anticipated that the quest for ecologically friendly and less hazardous product ways by enterprises will impede the refinery process chemicals market growth.
  • Fluctuating Price of Raw Materials May Hamper the Growth of the Market
  • Variations in Environmental Mandates and Regulations

Refinery Process Chemicals Market: Key Insights

Base Year


Forecast Year



~ 4%

Base Year Market Size (2023)

 ~ USD 19 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2036)

 ~ USD 30 Billion

Regional Scope

  • North America (U.S., and Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, NORDIC, Rest of Europe)
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC North Africa, South Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa)
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Refinery Process Chemicals Segmentation

Product (Corrosion Inhibitors, PH Adjusters, Catalysts, Anti-fouling Agents)

Refinery process chemicals market for the catalysts segment is poised to hold a share of 37% during the projected period. Materials known as catalysts help to speed up or encourage chemical reactions during the refining of oil & gas. They are principally employed in the process of cracking, which divides complicated organic molecules into smaller ones. Significant environmental harm has been caused by emissions emitted into the atmosphere by industrial processing units and cars.

Application (Cracking Process, Conversion Process, Blending Process)

Refinery process chemicals market for cracking process is poised to account for a share of 44% by the end of 2036. Large hydrocarbon molecules are broken down into smaller ones by a process called cracking. This method is used by oil refineries to separate marketable by-products from crude oil. Before they can be marketed, some oils, including light sweet crude, require a minimal amount of refining. Depending on a number of variables, including the pace at which different petroleum by-products are produced, the relative value of commodities like gasoline and heating oil can change over time. This gives commodity dealers speculative options for hedging. Therefore, the growing demand for petroleum by-products will drive the market growth of the cracking process segment.

Our in-depth analysis of the global refinery process chemicals market includes the following segments:


  • Corrosion Inhibitors
  • PH Adjusters
  • Catalysts
  • Anti-fouling Agents


  • Cracking Process
  • Conversion Process
  • Blending Process


  • Petroleum Refining
  • Petrochemicals
  • Natural Gas Processing

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Refinery Process Chemicals Industry - Regional Synopsis

North American Market Forecast

North American refinery process chemicals market is poised to hold a share of 35% by the end of 2036. The growth can be attributed to the growing demand for oil and the number of refineries in the region. North America's capacity for processing oil was roughly 21.6 million barrels per day in 2022—a marginal increase from 21.6 million barrels per day the year before. The refining catalyst players of the region are making aggressive investments in their research and development, which is predicted to augment the regional market. The growing usage of petroleum feedstock in sectors such as propylene, ethylene, and butadiene in North America is offering various avenues of opportunities to the market.

APAC Market Statistics

Refinery process chemicals market in Asia Pacific is anticipated to hold the second-largest share of 27% during the forecast period. The market is expanding in the region due to factors such as growing industrialization, increasing population, environmental regulations, and stringent government norms. Also, the growing development of oil production in oil refineries of developing countries like China and India is likely to offer opportunities for market expansion. The manufacturers are generating more challenging feedstock compositions despite fluctuating fuel costs. Further, the stringent environmental regulations imposed by the government to curb air pollution are anticipated to boost the market in the forecast period.

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Companies Dominating the Refinery Process Chemicals Market

    • BASF SE
      • Company Overview
      • Business Strategy
      • Key Product Offerings
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Performance Indicators
      • Risk Analysis
      • Recent Development
      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • Albemarle Corporation
    • Lummus Technology
    • Sinopec Corporation
    • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

In the News

  • Through a series of webinars, BASF presented a variety of novel catalysts that will be showcased at the upcoming European Petrochemical Associations Conference (EPCA). In the new offer, there are catalysts for the more efficient production of isopropyl alcohol (IPA), an essential component of hand sanitizers—a consumer good that was greatly needed during the Covid-19 outbreak.  Ni 3354 E, a high-performance oxo alcohol catalyst from BASF, combines a very high selectivity with high activity.
  • Albemarle Corporation opened a third chemical conversion plant, La Negra III/IV, in Antofagasta, Chile. This plant is among the most advanced in Latin America and is one of the biggest lithium producers in the world. Albemarle has been operating in Chile for over 40 years. The factory is anticipated to double lithium production with the help of new technologies, thereby lowering the company's low-freshwater use in the process and demonstrating its unwavering dedication to sustainable production.

Author Credits:  Smruti Ranjan, Rajrani Baghel

  • Report ID: 3455
  • Published Date: Nov 30, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Rapid shift towards high-value and bio-based products, surge in the adoption of petroleum-based products, and growing use of refinery process chemicals in the oil & gas industry are the major factors driving the growth of the refinery process chemicals market.

The market size of refinery process chemicals is anticipated to attain a CAGR of 4% over the forecast period, i.e., 2024-2036.

The major players in the market are BASF SE, Albemarle Corporation, CLARIANT., Lummus Technology, Sinopec Corporation, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., SEKISUI Chemical CO., Ltd., Nippon Pionics Group, Electric Power Development Co., Ltd., Fukuoka Sanso Co., Ltd., and others.

The cracking process segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2036 and display significant growth opportunities.

The market in the North America region is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2036 and provide more business opportunities in the future.
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