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Offshore Contract Drilling Market: Introduction

  • Demand for oil & gas has increased significantly over the last decade due to rapid industrialization and globalization across the world. This trend is expected to continue in the next few years. Thus, demand for oil and gas is expected to rise in the near future.
  • Oil & gas companies provide a contract to drilling companies, wherein operators enter into a contract with mobile offshore drilling units for a specific well or drilling program, or for a specific period of time. Companies are increasingly investing in contract drilling due to the rise in investment in the oil & gas industry.

Key Drivers and Restraints of Offshore Contract Drilling Market

  • Rise in offshore oil & gas discoveries is expected to drive the offshore contract drilling market. Around 68 oil & gas discoveries were made in 2020; of these, 34 discoveries were made onshore, while the remaining 28 discoveries were located offshore. Russia and Norway were the leading countries in new oil & gas discoveries in 2020. Investment in the oil & gas industry is expected to rise in the near future due to the increase in demand for oil and gas in the automotive industry.
  • Rise in deep water and ultra-deep water exploration and production activities is one of the key drivers of the offshore contract drilling market. Governments of various countries are taking initiatives to improve energy security and increase oil & gas production. Thus, the numbers of deep water and ultra-deep water oil & gas projects have been increasing over the past few years. Increase in investment in deep and ultra-deep water projects is anticipated to boost the offshore contract drilling market during the forecast period.
  • Volatility in oil prices, due to the supply-demand gap and geopolitical issues, has been restraining the demand for offshore contract drilling across the globe

Global Offshore Contract Drilling Market Segmentation

  • The global offshore contract drilling market can be segmented based on type and location
  • In terms of type, the offshore contract drilling market can be divided into jack up, semi-submersible, drill ship, and others. Drill ship and jack up were key segments of the market in 2020. These segments are expected to remain lucrative during the forecast period due to high demand from oil & gas companies.
  • In terms of location, the offshore contract drilling market can be divided into shallow water and deep & ultra-deep water. Shallow water was the lucrative segment of the global offshore contract drilling market in 2020. However, the deep & ultra-deep water segment is expected to expand at a faster pace in terms of volume in the near future.

Global Offshore Contract Drilling Market: Regional Segmentation

  • Based on region, the global offshore contract drilling market can be classified into North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa
  • North America dominated the global offshore contract drilling market in 2020. This trend is projected to continue during the forecast period, due to increase in capacity of oil and gas production in the U.S. and Canada. Presence of a large number of private oil companies in North America is likely to drive the offshore contract drilling market in the region during the forecast period.
  • Middle East & Africa is a major oil producing region in the world. Offshore developments and discoveries of new oil and gas fields by countries such as Qatar, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia are anticipated to dominate the offshore contract drilling market in the Middle East during the forecast period.
  • The market in Latin America, Europe, and Asia Pacific is estimated to expand at a considerable pace during the forecast period. Increase in investment in offshore exploration activities by developing counties such as China, India, and Brazil is expected to drive the offshore contract drilling market during the forecast period.

COVID-19 Impact on Offshore Contract Drilling Market

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has adversely impacted the world due to the imposition of stringent lockdowns in all major countries. It has put the global economy in major distress. Demand for oil and gas has declined significantly due to lockdowns. Furthermore, the supply of supply of oil & gas has been hampered, as various countries are under lockdown. However, governments of various countries across the world have begun to ease the lockdown restrictions. Demand for petroleum products has been rising steadily. This is expected to drive the demand for offshore contract drilling during the forecast period.

Key Players Operating in Market:

  • Valaris Limited
  • COSL Drilling
  • Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc.
  • SAIPEM SpA
  • Transocean Ltd
  • Noble Corporation
  • Borr Drilling
  • PDVSA
  • Maersk Drilling
  • Abu Dhabi National Oil Company

Global Offshore Contract Drilling Market: Research Scope

Global Offshore Contract Drilling Market, by Type

  • Jack Up
  • Semi-submersible
  • Drill Ship
  • Others

Global Offshore Contract Drilling Market, by Location

  • Shallow Water
  • Deep & Ultra-deepwater

Global Offshore Contract Drilling Market, by Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • U.K.
    • Norway
    • Russia & CIS
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • ASEAN
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • Nigeria
    • South Africa
    • Rest of Middle East & Africa

This study by TMR is all-encompassing framework of the dynamics of the market. It mainly comprises critical assessment of consumers' or customers' journeys, current and emerging avenues, and strategic framework to enable CXOs take effective decisions.

Our key underpinning is the 4-Quadrant Framework EIRS that offers detailed visualization of four elements:

  • Customer Experience Maps
  • Insights and Tools based on data-driven research
  • Actionable Results to meet all the business priorities
  • Strategic Frameworks to boost the growth journey

The study strives to evaluate the current and future growth prospects, untapped avenues, factors shaping their revenue potential, and demand and consumption patterns in the global market by breaking it into region-wise assessment.

The following regional segments are covered comprehensively:

  • North America
  • Asia Pacific
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • The Middle East and Africa

The EIRS quadrant framework in the report sums up our wide spectrum of data-driven research and advisory for CXOs to help them make better decisions for their businesses and stay as leaders.

Below is a snapshot of these quadrants.

1. Customer Experience Map

The study offers an in-depth assessment of various customers’ journeys pertinent to the market and its segments. It offers various customer impressions about the products and service use. The analysis takes a closer look at their pain points and fears across various customer touchpoints. The consultation and business intelligence solutions will help interested stakeholders, including CXOs, define customer experience maps tailored to their needs. This will help them aim at boosting customer engagement with their brands.

2. Insights and Tools

The various insights in the study are based on elaborate cycles of primary and secondary research the analysts engage with during the course of research. The analysts and expert advisors at TMR adopt industry-wide, quantitative customer insights tools and market projection methodologies to arrive at results, which makes them reliable. The study not just offers estimations and projections, but also an uncluttered evaluation of these figures on the market dynamics. These insights merge data-driven research framework with qualitative consultations for business owners, CXOs, policy makers, and investors. The insights will also help their customers overcome their fears.

3. Actionable Results

The findings presented in this study by TMR are an indispensable guide for meeting all business priorities, including mission-critical ones. The results when implemented have shown tangible benefits to business stakeholders and industry entities to boost their performance. The results are tailored to fit the individual strategic framework. The study also illustrates some of the recent case studies on solving various problems by companies they faced in their consolidation journey.

4. Strategic Frameworks

The study equips businesses and anyone interested in the market to frame broad strategic frameworks. This has become more important than ever, given the current uncertainty due to COVID-19. The study deliberates on consultations to overcome various such past disruptions and foresees new ones to boost the preparedness. The frameworks help businesses plan their strategic alignments for recovery from such disruptive trends. Further, analysts at TMR helps you break down the complex scenario and bring resiliency in uncertain times.

The report sheds light on various aspects and answers pertinent questions on the market. Some of the important ones are:

1. What can be the best investment choices for venturing into new product and service lines?

2. What value propositions should businesses aim at while making new research and development funding?

3. Which regulations will be most helpful for stakeholders to boost their supply chain network?

4. Which regions might see the demand maturing in certain segments in near future?

5. What are the some of the best cost optimization strategies with vendors that some well-entrenched players have gained success with?

6. Which are the key perspectives that the C-suite are leveraging to move businesses to new growth trajectory?

7. Which government regulations might challenge the status of key regional markets?

8. How will the emerging political and economic scenario affect opportunities in key growth areas?

9. What are some of the value-grab opportunities in various segments?

10. What will be the barrier to entry for new players in the market?

Note: Although care has been taken to maintain the highest levels of accuracy in TMR’s reports, recent market/vendor-specific changes may take time to reflect in the analysis.

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