Offshore Drilling Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The report covers Global Offshore Drilling Market Companies and it is segmented by Type (Jackups, Semisubmersible, Drill Ships, and Other Types), Depth (Shallow Water and Deepwater and Ultra-deepwater), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Middle-East and Africa). The market size and forecasts are provided in terms of value (USD million) for all the above segments.

Offshore Drilling Market Size

Offshore Drilling Market Summary
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Study Period 2019 - 2028
Base Year For Estimation 2022
CAGR 5.02 %
Fastest Growing Market Middle-East and Africa
Largest Market North America
Market Concentration Medium

Major Players

Offshore Drilling Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Offshore Drilling Market Analysis

The Offshore Drilling Market size is expected to grow from USD 28.12 billion in 2023 to USD 35.92 billion by 2028, registering a CAGR of 5.02% during the forecast period (2023-2028).

  • Over the long term, the deepwater and ultra-deepwater segment is expected to develop significantly due to the increasing technological innovation and the rising viability of such operations.
  • On the other hand, the volatility in crude oil is expected to restrain the growth of the offshore drilling market in the coming years.
  • Nevertheless, advances in offshore drilling technologies and equipment have expanded the capabilities of offshore drilling, aiding the market in the forecast period.
  • Middle-East and Africa are expected to be one of the potential markets for offshore drilling, with most of the demand coming from Nigeria, Angola, and Egypt.

Offshore Drilling Market Trends

Deepwater and Ultra-deepwater Segment to Dominate the Market

  • Deepwater and ultra-deepwater drilling in offshore basins provide access to significant untapped oil and gas reserves. In many cases, these deposits are located far from the coastline and cannot be reached by drilling at depths far beyond the capability of shallow-water drilling. The exploration and production of deepwater and ultra-deepwater reservoirs are attractive because they contain large hydrocarbons.
  • For the past several years, natural gas has witnessed considerable growth in its global production and consumption as countries are shifting from coal to natural gas as a primary energy source for cleaner energy. This scenario is expected to continue owing to the carbon emission targets set by various countries. Hence, with increasing natural gas demand, the demand for hydrocarbon production is expected to grow, thus leading to an increase in deepwater and ultra-deepwater activities.
  • In addition to their high production potential, deepwater and ultra-deepwater fields may contribute to meeting global energy demands because they yield significant quantities of oil and gas due to the size and quality of their reservoirs. It is common for deepwater and ultra-deepwater wells to have higher flow rates than shallow-water wells, making them economically viable and attractive to oil and gas companies.
  • For instance, in March 2023, the Oil and Natural Gas Corp. (ONGC) and TotalEnergiesentered a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore deepwater blocks in India. As part of the agreement, the French firm would provide technical assistance to ONGC in exploring deepwater blocks off India's east coast, particularly Mahanadi and Andaman.
  • Furthermore, in August 2022, ONGC and ExxonMobil signed heads of agreement (HoA) to explore oil and gas deepwater on the Indian east and west coasts. Both firms would conduct exploration work focusing on the Krishna Godavari and Cauvery basins in the eastern offshore area and the Kutch-Mumbai region in the western offshore area.
  • Moreover, the recent waves of cost reductions and critical technological breakthroughs have enabled many oil and gas exploration and production companies to expand their portfolio of sustainable deepwater developments. Also, several banks across the globe are financing offshore activities boosting the market for offshore drilling.
  • Therefore, with the increase in deepwater activities and the technology breakthrough, the deepwater segment may grow during the forecast period.
Offshore Drilling Market: Cumulative Financing of the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry, By Selected Banks, USD Billion, Global, 2016-2022

Middle-East and Africa to Witness a Significant Growth

  • The Middle East & Africa is one of the significant regions of proven oil and gas field reserves worldwide. The region's offshore accounts remain underdeveloped in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Qatar, Nigeria, Cameroon, and the United Arab Emirates.
  • As of 2021, the total oil production in the Middle East & Africa reached 35,442 thousand barrels daily, of which offshore oil production accounted for a significant share. Besides holding nearly half of the world's crude oil reserves (about 64.1% of global oil reserves as of 2021), the Middle East has many natural gas reserves. The region accounted for 48.3% of the world's total proven natural gas reserves of 99,419 billion standard cubic meters as of 2021. Also, critical oil and gas reserves exist in offshore regions, such as Kuwait, Nigeria, Cameroon, etc.
  • Moreover, with the rapidly increasing global energy needs, offshore oil production has become an attractive energy source. Therefore, countries with significant regional players focus on exploring offshore oil and gas fields.
  • The region's offshore oil and gas exploration spending is set to grow significantly over the next few years. The availability of abundant resources, coupled with the increased potential to recover oil and gas from deep water and ultra-deepwater areas, is expected to provide an excellent opportunity for the offshore drilling market.
  • Many countries in the Middle East and Africa have large-scale offshore oil and gas reserves. The world's largest gas field, the South Pars Gas Complex in the Persian Gulf, and the discoveries of oil and gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean Sea are all expected to aid the market's growth.
  • For instance, in February 2022, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) kicked off a bid process for an engineering, procurement, construction, and installation contract for further development at its huge Lower Zakumoffshore oilfield. Furthermore, there are more than 77 and 27 approved upstream projects in the Middle East & Africa for 2021-2025. Such developments are anticipated to drive the offshore drilling market during the forecast period.
  • Nevertheless, investment in offshore locations and new project agreements in the Middle East would likely increase in the coming years. Also, the vast resource potential, high global oil demand, and increased attention of other countries to secure energy supplies from the Middle Eastern region would initiate exploration & production projects in the area. Hence, it is expected to impact the growth of the offshore drilling market in the Middle-east and African region.
  • Therefore, factors, such as upcoming offshore E&P activities, especially in the West African region, are expected to boost the number of offshore drilling in the area in the coming years.
Offshore Drilling Market: Growth Rate by Region, 2023-2028

Offshore Drilling Industry Overview

The offshore drilling market is partially fragmented. Some of the key players in the market (not in any particular order) include Baker Hughes Company, Haliburton Company, Schlumberger Limited, Transocean Limited, and Saipem SpA.

Offshore Drilling Market Leaders

  1. Baker Hughes Company

  2. Haliburton Company

  3. Schlumberger Limited

  4. Transocean Limited

  5. Saipem SpA

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Offshore Drilling Market Concentration

Offshore Drilling Market News

  • June 2023: Var Energi, a Norwegian offshore oil and gas producer, announced a long-term strategic cooperation with Halliburton, a US oilfield services firm, for drilling services to improve drilling, sound performance, and increase value creation. The partnership includes drilling services for Var Energirelating to exploration and production drilling across the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The contract is for five years with an option for an extra four years.
  • May 2023: OdfjellDrilling, a Norwegian offshore drilling business, received a contract with ConocoPhillips for the Deepsea Yantai semi-submersible drilling rig. OdfjellDrilling signed the deal on behalf of the rig owner CIMC Raffles for drilling one firm well in PL 891 in the Norwegian Sea, with the option to drill two additional wells. The firm scope of work is expected to take 72 days to complete and will begin in Q3 2024.

Offshore Drilling Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Scope of the Study

    2. 1.2 Market Definition

    3. 1.3 Study Assumptions




    1. 4.1 Introduction

    2. 4.2 Market Size and Demand Forecast in USD, until 2028

    3. 4.3 Historic and Demand Forecast of Offshore Drilling Rigs in Numbers, until 2022

    4. 4.4 Historic and Demand Forecast of Offshore CAPEX in USD, by Region, till 2028

    5. 4.5 Key Projects Information

      1. 4.5.1 Existing Projects

      2. 4.5.2 Planned and Upcoming Projects

    6. 4.6 Recent Trends and Developments

    7. 4.7 Government Policies and Regulations

    8. 4.8 Market Dynamics

      1. 4.8.1 Drivers

        1. Growing demand for natural gas and developing gas infrastructure

        2. Increasing offshore oil and Gas Exploration Activities

      2. 4.8.2 Restraints

        1. Adoption of Cleaner Alternatives

    9. 4.9 Supply Chain Analysis

    10. 4.10 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.10.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.10.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.10.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.10.4 Threat of Substitutes Products and Services

      5. 4.10.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Jackups

      2. 5.1.2 Semisubmersible

      3. 5.1.3 Drill Ships

      4. 5.1.4 Other Types

    2. 5.2 Depth

      1. 5.2.1 Shallow Water

      2. 5.2.2 Deepwater and Ultra-deepwater

    3. 5.3 Geography (Regional Market Analysis {Market Size and Demand Forecast till 2028 (for regions only)})

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

        3. Rest of North America

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. Norway

        3. United Kingdom

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

      4. 5.3.4 South America

        1. Brazil

        2. Chile

      5. 5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. United Arab Emirates

        3. South Africa

        4. Qatar

        5. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Baker Hughes Company

      2. 6.3.2 China National Offshore Oil Corporation

      3. 6.3.3 China Oilfield Services Ltd

      4. 6.3.4 Exxon Mobil Corporation

      5. 6.3.5 Halliburton Company

      6. 6.3.6 Maersk Drilling AS

      7. 6.3.7 Saipem SpA

      8. 6.3.8 Schlumberger Limited

      9. 6.3.9 Transocean Limited

      10. 6.3.10 Weatherford International PLC

    4. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Untapped Oil and Gas potential in developed and Emerging Markets

    2. 7.2 Technological Advancements in Offshore Drilling

**Subject to Availability

Offshore Drilling Industry Segmentation

Offshore drilling extracts oil or natural gas beneath the seabed in oceanic or large lake environments. It involves the exploration, drilling, and production of hydrocarbons from underwater wells located in bodies of water, typically at a considerable distance from the shoreline.

The Offshore Drilling Market is segmented by Type, Depth, and Geography. The market is segmented by Jackups, Semisubmersible, Drill Ships, and Other Types. By Depth, the market is segmented as Shallow Water Deepwater and Ultra-deepwater. The report also covers the market size and forecasts for the offshore drilling market across major regions. The market sizing and forecasts have been done for each segment based on revenue (USD).

Drill Ships
Other Types
Shallow Water
Deepwater and Ultra-deepwater
Geography (Regional Market Analysis {Market Size and Demand Forecast till 2028 (for regions only)})
North America
United States
Rest of North America
United Kingdom
South America
Middle-East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Offshore Drilling Market Research FAQs

The Offshore Drilling Market is studied from 2019 - 2028.

The Offshore Drilling Market is growing at a CAGR of 5.02% over the next 5 years.

The Offshore Drilling Market is valued at 35 Billion USD in 2028.

Middle-East and Africa is growing at the highest CAGR over 2019 - 2028.

North America holds highest share in 2022.

Baker Hughes Company , Haliburton Company , Schlumberger Limited , Transocean Limited , Saipem SpA are the major companies operating in Offshore Drilling Market.

Offshore Drilling Industry Report

Statistics for the 2023 Offshore Drilling market share, size and revenue growth rate, created by Mordor Intelligence™ Industry Reports. Offshore Drilling analysis includes a market forecast outlook to 2028 and historical overview. Get a sample of this industry analysis as a free report PDF download.

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