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

The Market is Segmented by Location of Deployment (Onshore and Offshore) and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Middle-East and Africa)

Rotary Drilling Rig Market Size

Rotary Drilling Rig - Market Summary
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Study Period 2019 - 2028
Base Year For Estimation 2022
CAGR > 3.50 %
Fastest Growing Market Middle-East and Africa
Largest Market North America
Market Concentration Medium

Major Players


*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Rotary Drilling Rig Market Analysis

The rotary drilling market is expected to register a CAGR of more than 3.5% over the period of 2022-2027. On account of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the market witnessed a negative impact, with a suspension of various oil and gas projects. Moreover, major companies such as Saudi Aramco, Exxon Mobil, and Royal Dutch Shell, announced a drop of 22%, from their initial spending plans of USD 175 billion for 2020. Factors, such as improved viability of deepwater and ultra-deepwater projects and the global demand for oil, which is expected to witness an annual growth rate of 1.2 million barrels per day (mbd) till 2023, are likely to drive the rotary drilling rig market during the forecast period. However, over the years, countries across the world have witnessed rapid growth in the renewable energy sector, owing to strong policy support and sharp cost reductions. Moreover, governments of various countries are increasingly shifting toward cleaner energy sources, in order to reduce the emission levels from conventional fuels. This, in turn, is expected to hinder the market during the forecast period.

  • The offshore drilling activities are expected to witness a significant growth rate over the forecast period owing to the upcoming exploration and production projects in countries, such as Brazil, Nigeria, and others.
  • To meet the expected oil demand in the future, opportunities lie in offshore deep-sea beds, where oil and gas operators continue to discover new reserves. Globally, very few onshore regions are left yet-to-be-explored by oil companies. Hence, the offshore region is expected to provide an opportunity for the rotary drilling rig market.
  • North America is expected to be the largest market for the rotary drilling rig market, with the majority of demand coming from the United States and Canada.

Rotary Drilling Rig Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Rotary Drilling Rig Market according to our research experts:

Offshore Rotary Drilling Rig Market to Witness a Significant Growth

  • Rotary drilling is an efficient technology applied in the offshore oil and gas sector. It is a drilling technology that relies on the continuous circular rotation of the bit to break rocks. In contrast, drilling fluids circulate through the bit and up the wellbore to the surface, making it possible to drill safely and efficiently the well.
  • As of 2021, the offshore oil and gas industry accounts for about 30% of global crude oil production. The Middle-East, North Sea, Brazil, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caspian Sea are the major offshore oil and gas producing regions. In addition, the availability of abundant resources, coupled with increased potential to recover oil and gas from Deepwater and ultra-deepwater areas, is expected to provide a great opportunity for the rotary drilling market.
  • Further, during the stable oil price environment, the Deepwater drilling activities witnessed a spike in revenue as the project, which was not viable due to low crude oil prices, got started and increased the demand for rotary drilling services.
  • The deepwateroil production is majorly concentrated in four countries - Angola, Brazil, Nigeria, and the United States. During the past years, deepwaterinvestments have retained a significant share of share, reflecting opportunities in the Gulf of Mexico and offshore Latin America (Brazil and Guyana).
  • Mature offshore fields are also creating opportunities for the rotary drilling market in the offshore segment. In Norway, oil companies plan to nearly double exploration drilling offshore Norway to focus on more mature areas of the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). Moreover, Angola's deepwaterproduction is also set to ramp up as its shallow-water sector matures. Therefore, focusing on increasing production from mature fields, the demand for rotary drilling services in the offshore segment is expected to be driven during the forecast period.
Rotary Drilling Rig - Market Share

North America is Expected to Dominate the Market

  • With the highest natural gas production and second-highest oil production in 2021, North America is one of the major oil and gas producers in the world, which is mainly driven by the oil and gas activities in the United States and Canada.
  • The region has nearly 586 rotary rigs as of 2021, with the United States as the largest market. The United States has the largest rigs due to the increasing number of wells being drilled and fracked in the shale and tight reserves which is supported by the low breakeven price of the basins.
  • The development of shale gas in this region is also one of the biggest drivers for the rotary drilling market. According to the United States, Energy Information Administration (EIA), in 2020, United States dry shale gas production was estimated at about 26 trillion cubic feet (Tcf), which is equal to about 78% of the country's total dry natural gas production in 2020.
  • Furthermore, EIA has also estimated that the shale gas and tight oil plays production in the United States is likely to reach 33.94 Tcf by 2050, registering a steady growth of 1.28% annually, when considered between 2020-2050.
  • On the other hand, Canada is expected to increase the share of tight and shale gas in the natural gas production. According to the Canada Energy Regulator, by 2035, it is expected that tight and shale gas production together will represent 80% of Canada's natural gas production.
  • Apart from shale gas, the region is also witnessing a significant increase in the offshore drilling activities. In January 2020, the Government of Canada approved three offshore drilling projects in the Atlantic Ocean, planned by BHP, Equinor, and Chevron, respectively. Hence, such a scenario is likley to make the North American region as dominant during the study period.
Rotary Drilling Rig Market - Geography

Rotary Drilling Rig Industry Overview

The rotary drilling rig market is moderately fragmented. Some of the key players in this market include Schramm Inc., BAUER AG, Caterpillar Inc., SANY Group Co. Ltd, and Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science &Technology Co. Ltd among others.

Rotary Drilling Rig Market Leaders

  1. Schramm, Inc.


  3. Caterpillar

  4. SANY Group Co., Ltd

  5. Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science&Technology Co., Ltd.

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Rotary Drilling Rig Market - Market Concentration

Rotary Drilling Rig Market News

  • In February 2021, Oceaneering's Subsea Robotics and Offshore Projects Group were awarded an integrated rig services contract for covering the Khaleesi/Mormont and Samurai fields in the United States Gulf of Mexico. The work scope included the provision of remotely operated vehicles with collocated ROV tooling and technicians, remote positioning, and metrology survey resources. The project work is expected to begin in early 2021 and carry into 2022.
  • In December 2021, Equinor planned to drill around 10 to 13 exploration wells in 2022, in the United States Gulf of Mexico, offshore Canada. Thus, such investments in the new exploratory wells are likely to increase demand for the rotary drilling market.

Rotary Drilling Rig 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 billion, till 2027

    3. 4.3 Recent Trends and Developments

    4. 4.4 Government Policies and Regulations

    5. 4.5 Market Dynamics

      1. 4.5.1 Drivers

      2. 4.5.2 Restraints

    6. 4.6 Supply Chain Analysis

    7. 4.7 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.7.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.7.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.7.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.7.4 Threat of Substitutes Products and Services

      5. 4.7.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Location of Deployement

      1. 5.1.1 Onshore

      2. 5.1.2 Offshore

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Oil and Gas

      2. 5.2.2 Mining

      3. 5.2.3 Others

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 South America

      5. 5.3.5 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 Atlas Copco

      2. 6.3.2 BAUER AG

      3. 6.3.3 Caterpillar

      4. 6.3.4 Dando Drilling International Ltd

      5. 6.3.5 Sandvik Drilling

      6. 6.3.6 SANY Group Co. Ltd

      7. 6.3.7 Schramm Inc.

      8. 6.3.8 Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science &Technology Co. Ltd

      9. 6.3.9 STREICHER Drilling Technology GmbH

    4. *List Not Exhaustive

**Subject to Availability

Rotary Drilling Rig Industry Segmentation

The rotary drilling rig market report includes:

Location of Deployement
Oil and Gas
North America
South America
Middle-East and Africa

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Rotary Drilling Rig Market Research FAQs

The Rotary Drilling Rig Market is projected to register a CAGR of greater than 3.5% during the forecast period (2023-2028).

Schramm, Inc., BAUER AG, Caterpillar, SANY Group Co., Ltd and Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science&Technology Co., Ltd. are the major companies operating in the Rotary Drilling Rig Market.

Middle-East and Africa is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2023-2028).

In 2023, the North America accounts for the largest market share in the Rotary Drilling Rig Market.

Rotary Drilling Rig Industry Report

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