AI in Oil and Gas Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The AI in Oil and Gas Market is segmented by Operation (Upstream, Midstream, Downstream), Service Type (Professional Services, Managed Services), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

AI in Oil and Gas Market Overview
Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 10.14 %

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Market Overview

The Global Artificial Intelligence in Oil and Gas Market was valued at USD 2,040.89 million in 2019, and it is expected to reach a value of USD 3,349.89 million by 2026, while registering a CAGR of 10.14% during the forecast period (2021-2026). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns, the oil and gas industry observed a slump in demand. For instance, oil prices decreased by 50% since January 2020, with the United States markets are observing a record low. The International Energy Agency reported that oil demand decreased by 29 million barrels per day during the month of April 2020 and is expected to decrease by 23.1 million barrels per day by Q2 2020.

  • As the cost of IoT sensors declines, more major oil and gas organizations are bound to start integrating these sensors into their upstream, midstream, and downstream operations along with AI-enabled predictive analytics.
  • Oil and gas remains as one of the most highly valued commodities in the energy sector. In recent years, there has been an increased focus on improving efficiency, and reducing downtime has been a priority for the oil and gas companies as their profits slashed since 2014, due to fluctuating oil prices. However, as concerns over the environmental impact of energy production and consumption persist, oil and gas companies are actively seeking innovative approaches to achieve their business goals, while reducing environmental impact.
  • Additionally, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), in the OECD countries, the oil price reduced by 40.6% from March to April 2020, nurturing concerns for oil and gas firms. Hence, companies in the oil and gas sector experiment with contemporary technologies to increase their efficiency and revenue. By leveraging artificial intelligence in oil and gas operations, corporations can design algorithms to guide drills on land mass and ocean floor.
  • In addition, the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) is making use of AI in parallel ways, owing to the United Kingdom’s first oil and gas National Data Repository (NDR), launched in March 2019, using AI to interpret data, which, according to the OGA anticipations, is likely to assist to discover new oil and gas forecast and permit more production from existing infrastructures.
  • The offshore oil and gas business use AI in data science to make the complex data used for oil and gas exploration and production more reachable, which lets companies to discover new exploration prospects or make more use out of existing infrastructures. For instance, in January 2019, BP invested in Houston-based technology start-up, Belmont Technology, to bolster the company’s AI capabilities, developing a cloud-based geoscience platform nicknamed “Sandy.”
  • However, high capital investments for the integration of AI technologies, along with the lack of skilled AI professionals, could hinder the growth of the market. A recent poll validated that 56% of senior AI professionals considered that a lack of additional and qualified AI workers was the only biggest hurdle to be overcome, in terms of obtaining the necessary level of AI implementation across business operations.

Scope of the Report

Artificial intelligence (AI) is proving to be a cost-saving investment for the oil and gas industry. It is increasingly being used to improve various upstream, midstream, and downstream processes in the industry, from boiler diagnostics to actual drilling. Applications such as quality control, prediction planning, and predictive maintenance for upstream, midstream, and downstream are majorly using AI. Type of services, such as professional services and managed services are considered under the scope of the report.

Service Type
Professional Services
Managed Services
North America
Asia Pacific
Latin America
Middle East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Upstream Operations to Witness a Significant Growth

  • Organizations across the world are trying to make the exploration and the production processes more efficient and optimized. The operations in this field are the major factors that are driving the usage of AI in oil and gas companies. The AI tools can help oil and gas companies in digitizing records and can automate the analysis of the gathered geological data and charts, which can lead to potential identification of issues, such as pipeline corrosion or increased equipment usage.
  • Oil and gas companies can potentially gain crucial insights to improve their business outcomes in their upstream processes with the integration of AI software. This process would involve the feeding of curated data records and information from data sources to the software that could include structured documents, PDFs, handwritten notes, audio, or video files.
  • The market is witnessing many investments by big players in the technology. For instance, in Jan 2019, BP invested in a technology start-up: Belmont Technology to strengthen the company’s AI capabilities by developing a cloud-based geoscience platform. The investment will be used to support BP’s ongoing work in exploring the application of cognitive computing and machine learning in its global oil and gas business.
  • AI has multiple applications in the oil and gas industry, such as production optimization with computer vision to analyze seismic and subsurface data faster, downtime minimizing for predictive maintenance for oil and gas equipment, reservoir understanding, and modeling for predicting of oil corrosion risks to reduce maintenance costs. Moreover, the market studied has been witnessing many investments by big players in the technology.
  • In Sep 2020, scientists and experts at the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (WIHG) have come up with a new artificial intelligence (AI) based technique to analyse data from seismic waves (natural or induced by explosive material) to ascertain the type of rock formation and geological features beneath the surface, which could help in exploring hydrocarbons, like oil and natural gas, in less time with high efficiency.
AI in Oil and Gas Market Growth

North America is Expected to Hold a Significant Market Share

  • Owing to the increasing adoption of AI technologies across the oilfield operators and service providers and the robust presence of prominent AI software and system suppliers, especially in the United States and Canada, the North American segment is anticipated to account for the largest share of the AI in the oil and gas market, over the forecast period.
  • Factors, such as the strong economy, the high adoption rate of AI technologies across the oilfield operators and service providers, robust presence of prominent AI software and system suppliers, and combined investment by government and private organizations for the development and growth of R&D activities are poised to drive the demand for AI in oil and gas sector, in the region.
  • ExxonMobil, one of the leading oil producers in the country, announced its plans to increase the production activity in the Permian Basin of West Texas, by producing more than 1 million barrels per day (BPD) of oil-equivalent by as early as 2024. This is equivalent to an increase of nearly 80 percent compared to the present production capacity.
  • In addition, owners and operators in the United States recognize how IT-based automation can productively address the unique challenges of the upstream oil and gas sector. For instance, Baker Hughes uses InForce surface control system which combines the hydraulic power to activate downhole tools and the control logic to govern an intelligent well system. PLC controls system functions for more complex completion configurations. It is primarily used where remote operations must be done through existing SCADA.
  • Among all the enabling technologies, Artificial Intelligence is poised to play a significant role for oil and gas industry in the region. AI is also been used to increase the safety of gas stations for preventive maintenance. But there have been growing incidences of fires at the gas stations in North America.
AI in Oil and Gas Market Share

Competitive Landscape

The AI in the Oil and Gas Market is moderately competitive and consists of few major players, competing in the market, in terms of market share. The companies are continuously capitalizing on acquisitions, in order to broaden, complement, and enhance its product and service offerings, to add new customers and certified personnel, and to help expand sales channels.

  • September 2020 - Intel and Oracle deployed the next generation of cloud-based, high-performance computing (HPC) instances within Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, leveraging the computing performance of 10nm Intel Xeon Scalable processors. Leveraging 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors and other improvements in Oracle’s new X9 Generation instance, performance gains may be up to 30% higher on certain workloads compared to older versions. Oracle’s X9 Generation cloud instance is targeted at computationally intensive workloads, such as crash simulations, seismic analysis for oil and gas exploration, and electronic design automation.

Recent Developments

  • January 2021 - Atos and IBM expanded their strategic global alliance to help companies accelerate their digital transformation and optimize business processes. Atos and IBM aim to work together to address business challenges to serve the Manufacturing, Energy and Utilities, Oil and Gas, Retail, and Transportation sectors. The areas of focus include Asset Lifecycle Management Solutions, Asset Monitoring and Maintenance, Repair, and Operations (MRO) Optimization, Packaging, Transportation and Logistics Optimization Solutions, and SMART Waste/Energy Monitoring and Optimization Solutions.
  • January 2020 - Gazprom and ICS Holding set up a joint venture to develop digital products for the oil and gas industry and roll them out in the Russian and global markets. The development strategy for the new joint venture is aimed at addressing the challenges of digitally transformation in the oil and gas sector through the application of Industry 4.0 technologies.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.2.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.2.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.2.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.2.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.2.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    3. 4.3 Technology Snapshot - By Application

      1. 4.3.1 Quality Control

      2. 4.3.2 Production Planning

      3. 4.3.3 Predictive Maintenance

      4. 4.3.4 Other Applications

    4. 4.4 Impact of COVID-19 on the Market Ecosystem


    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

      1. 5.1.1 Increasing Focus to Easily Process Big Data

      2. 5.1.2 Rising Trend to Reduce Production Cost

    2. 5.2 Market Restraints

      1. 5.2.1 High Cost of Installation

      2. 5.2.2 Lack of Skilled Professionals across the Oil and Gas Industry


    1. 6.1 Operation

      1. 6.1.1 Upstream

      2. 6.1.2 Midstream

      3. 6.1.3 Downstream

    2. 6.2 Service Type

      1. 6.2.1 Professional Services

      2. 6.2.2 Managed Services

    3. 6.3 Geography

      1. 6.3.1 North America

      2. 6.3.2 Europe

      3. 6.3.3 Asia Pacific

      4. 6.3.4 Latin America

      5. 6.3.5 Middle East and Africa


    1. 7.1 Company Profiles*

      1. 7.1.1 Google LLC

      2. 7.1.2 IBM Corporation

      3. 7.1.3 FuGenX Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

      4. 7.1.4 C3.AI

      5. 7.1.5 Microsoft Corporation

      6. 7.1.6 Intel Corporation

      7. 7.1.7 Royal Dutch Shell PLC

      8. 7.1.8 PJSC Gazprom Neft

      9. 7.1.9 Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd

      10. 7.1.10 NVIDIA Corp.

      11. 7.1.11 Infosys Limited

      12. 7.1.12 Neudax



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Frequently Asked Questions

The AI in Oil and Gas Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The AI in Oil and Gas Market is growing at a CAGR of 10.14% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2020.

Google LLC, IBM Corp., FuGenX Technologies Pvt. Ltd, Microsoft Corporation, Intel Corporation are the major companies operating in AI in Oil and Gas Market.

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