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Offshore Drilling Rigs - Market Share Analysis, Industry Trends & Statistics, Growth Forecasts 2019 - 2029

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  • 125 Pages
  • February 2024
  • Region: Global
  • Mordor Intelligence
  • ID: 4828215
The Offshore Drilling Rigs Market size is estimated at USD 73.20 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 101.63 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 6.78% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

Key Highlights

  • Over the long term, factors such as increased global energy demand and exploration activities for untapped regions are expected to drive the market during the forecasted period.
  • On the other hand, the rising environmental concerns over offshore drilling and its impact on the aquatic environment are expected to hinder the market's growth.
  • Nevertheless, increasing deepwater and ultra-deepwater activities for exploration and production are expected to create several future market opportunities.
  • North America is expected to be a major market due to the latest technology and infrastructure for offshore activities.

Offshore Drilling Rigs Market Trends

Deepwater and Ultra-deepwater Segment to Witness Significant Growth

  • Deepwater and ultra-deepwater regions hold vast untapped oil and gas reserves. As onshore and shallow-water reserves deplete, oil and gas companies increasingly focus on exploring and extracting hydrocarbon resources from these deepwater and ultra-deepwater locations. It drives the demand for drilling rigs capable of operating in such challenging environments.
  • Advances in drilling technologies, equipment, and subsea systems significantly improved the feasibility and efficiency of drilling operations in deepwater and ultra-deepwater areas. Innovations such as dynamic positioning systems, advanced drilling techniques, and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) enable safer and more efficient drilling in these challenging offshore environments. The availability of advanced technology opened up previously inaccessible deepwater reserves, thereby driving the segment's growth.
  • Moreover, deepwater and ultra-deepwater regions are known to host sizable oil and gas reserves. These reserves often include higher production potential compared to onshore and shallow-water fields. The large reserves in these offshore areas make them attractive investment opportunities for oil and gas companies, driving the demand for offshore drilling rigs capable of operating in these environments.
  • Furthermore, governments and energy companies invest in offshore exploration and production activities to secure future energy supplies. Deepwater and ultra-deepwater regions are actively explored and developed in various parts of the world, including the Gulf of Mexico, Brazil's pre-salt reserves, West Africa, and the Asia-Pacific region. These investments contribute to the growing demand for deepwater and ultra-deepwater drilling rigs.
  • According to Baker Hughes Rig Count, the offshore rig counts increased significantly between Oct 2023 and May 2022. In May 2022, there were only 193 rigs, while in October 2023, there were 219, signifying increased offshore activities in one year.
  • In July 2022, Jindal Drilling & Industries revealed that it had secured a contract from Oil & Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) to deploy the Jack-up Rig Discovery I. It is on a three-year charter hire basis, with an Estimated Daily Rate (EDR) of USD 46,907.57. The Jack-up, as mentioned above, Rig Discovery I, is engaged in operations under an existing contract awarded by ONGC to Jindal Drilling & Industries.
  • Therefore, as per the above points, deepwater and ultra-deepwater segments are expected to grow significantly during the forecasted period.

Middle-East and Africa to Witness Significant Growth

  • The Middle East and Africa region are known for their rich hydrocarbon reserves, particularly in offshore locations. Countries such as Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Nigeria, Angola, and Egypt include substantial offshore oil and gas reserves. These regions' exploration and production activities drive the demand for offshore drilling rigs.
  • Many countries in the Middle East and Africa are actively exploring and developing new offshore fields to enhance their oil and gas production capacities. For example, ongoing projects in the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea in the Middle East exist. Countries like Angola, Nigeria, and Mozambique invest in offshore fields in Africa. These new developments create opportunities for offshore drilling rig operators and service providers.
  • Moreover, governments in the Middle East and Africa implemented favorable policies and regulations to attract offshore oil and gas investments. These policies include tax incentives, streamlined permitting processes, and partnerships with international oil companies. Such supportive government initiatives contribute to the growth of the offshore drilling rigs market in the region.
  • For instance, in November 2022, ADNOC Drilling, based in the UAE, received the initial unit of a trio of newly constructed jack-up drilling rigs from Keppel Offshore & Marine, headquartered in Singapore. These three rigs were part of a larger batch of five rigs constructed by Keppel FELS for BorrDrilling.
  • The Middle East and Africa regions also invest in developing offshore infrastructure, including ports, pipelines, and storage facilities. This infrastructure development supports offshore drilling activities' growth, enabling efficient logistics and transportation of extracted resources. The presence of well-developed infrastructure attracts offshore drilling rig operators to the region.
  • Therefore, per the above points, the Middle East and Africa region are expected to grow significantly during the forecasted period.

Offshore Drilling Rigs Industry Overview

The offshore drilling rig market is semi-consolidated. Some major players (in no particular order) include Keppel Corporation Limited, Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Ltd, Sembcorp Marine Ltd, Transocean Ltd, and Seadrill Ltd., among others.

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Table of Contents

1.1 Scope of the Study
1.2 Market Definition
1.3 Study Assumptions
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Market Size and Demand Forecast in USD billion, till 2028
4.3 Historical Average Day Rates of Floaters and Jackup Rigs, till 2022
4.4 Major Offshore Upstream Projects
4.5 Recent Trends and Developments
4.6 Market Dynamics
4.6.1 Drivers Increasing Global Energy Demand Exploration of Untapped Offshore Reserves
4.6.2 Restraints Environmental Concerns and Regulations
4.7 Supply Chain Analysis
4.8 Porter's Five Forces Analysis
4.8.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.8.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers
4.8.3 Threat of New Entrants
4.8.4 Threat of Substitutes Products and Services
4.8.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
5.1 Type
5.1.1 Jackups
5.1.2 Semisubmersibles
5.1.3 Drill Ships
5.1.4 Other Types
5.2 Water Depth
5.2.1 Shallow Water
5.2.2 Deepwater and Ultra-deepwater
5.3 Geography Regional Market Analysis {Market Size and Demand Forecast till 2028 (for regions only)}
5.3.1 North America United States Canada Rest of North America
5.3.2 Europe United Kingdom Russia Norway Netherlands Rest of Europe
5.3.3 Asia-Pacific China India Australia Malaysia Rest of Asia-Pacific
5.3.4 South America Brazil Argentina Venezuela Rest of South America
5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa Saudi Arabia United Arab Emirates Egypt Nigeria Rest of Middle-East and Africa
6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements
6.2 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players
6.3 Company Profiles
6.3.1 Offshore Rig Manufacturers Keppel Corporation Limited Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Ltd Sembcorp Marine Ltd Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Ltd Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd Friede & Goldman Ltd Damen Shipyards Group Irving Shipbuilding Inc.
6.3.2 Offshore Drilling Contractors Transocean Ltd Seadrill Ltd ENSCO PLC Noble Drilling PLC Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc.
7.1 Rising Demand for Deepwater Discoveries

Companies Mentioned (Partial List)

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes, but is not limited to:

  • Offshore Rig Manufacturers
  • Offshore Drilling Contractors