Directional Drilling Services Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2020 - 2025)

The market is segmented by Location of Deployment (Onshore, and Offshore), Type (Rotary Steerable System, and Conventional), and Geography

Market Snapshot

Directional Drilling Market - Market Summary

Study Period:


Base Year:


Fastest Growing Market:

Middle East and Africa

Largest Market:

North America


Greater Than 5.55 %

Major Players:

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Market Overview

Directional drilling services have gained significant momentum in the past few years, to have a better reach of the formation, drill multiple wells from the same vertical wellbore, and minimize wells’ environmental impact. The US is the largest market for directional drilling services and about 93% of the onshore rigs operating in 2018 were directional drilling and horizontal drilling rigs in the country. Crude oil and natural gas from conventional resources have been the major source to meet the increasing demand for energy, globally. These conventional reserves mainly use vertical drilling for exploitation. However, most of the conventional oilfield are aging at a faster rate than the rate of replacement, and may not be able to meet the growing energy demand. The global crude oil demand is expected to grow by 1.2 mb/d in the next four years, and there is an increasing pressure among the top oil and gas operating companies to increase their production, in order to meet the increasing energy demand. As a result, several operating countries have shifted their focus toward the exploitation of unconventional reserves, such as shale and tight gas reserves. Drilling in shale reserve involves directional or horizontal drilling to increase contact with the pay zone, as well as increase the production significantly. In case of a vertical well in the shale formation, the increase in production can be as high as 20 times the vertical well.  Hence, increased focus on the unconventional reserves is expected to be a major driver for the directional drilling services market in the coming years.  

  • Rotary Steerable System is likely to register highest growth rate during the forecast period.
  • North America is expected to continue to dominate the market across the globe with the majority of the demand coming from the US.

Scope of the Report

The directional drilling services market report include:

Location of Deployment
Rotory Steerable System (RSS)
North America
South America
Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Rotary Steerable System Segment to Register Higher Growth

  • Rotary steerable drilling is a technology that enables full three-dimensional directional drilling control to be performed while drilling with continuous drill string rotation from the surface. 
  • The first rotary steerable drilling was done in Germany in the late 1980s for the Vertical drilling system in Continental Deep Drilling (KTB) project.
  • With a growing trend of multilateral wells, increasing directional drilling activity in offshore regions, and increasing directional length per well, the demand for sophisticated directional drilling system is growing.
  • The rotary steerable systems are preferable for directional drilling with a complex trajectory. Hence, compared to conventional systems, the rotary steerable system segment is expected to register higher growth during the forecast period.  
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North America to lead the Market

  • Mainly owing to the demand from the United States, North America leads the directional drilling market.
  • •The United States was one of the largest producers of crude oil and natural gas, accounting for around 16.2% and 37.6% of the global production, respectively, in 2018. The production surged in 2018, mainly due to robust drilling in its shale reserves, led by Permian basin.
  • The United States has one of the largest technically recoverable shale gas reserves and the second-largest tight oil reserves in the world. The technological development in the hydraulic fracturing and low breakeven prices have supported the oil and gas directional drilling activity in the onshore region.
  • The unique extended-reach horizontal shale drilling application has created a new set of specific challenges. Presently, the drilling challenges in shale formations are very feasibly being mitigated by the use of PDC drill bits, high-spec drilling rigs, and rotary steerable systems.
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Competitive Landscape

The global directional drilling services market is moderately fragmented. Some of the major companies include Schlumberger Ltd, Weatherford International PLC, Halliburton Company, and Baker Hughes a GE company. 

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 Shale Reserve by Country

    3. 4.3 Technological Advancement in Directional Drilling

    4. 4.4 Market Size and Demand Forecast in USD billion, till 2025

    5. 4.5 Onshore CAPEX Forecast in USD billion, till 2025

    6. 4.6 Offshore CAPEX Forecast in billions, by Regions, 2017-2025

    7. 4.7 Key Upstream Projects

    8. 4.8 Recent Trends and Developments

    9. 4.9 Market Dynamics

      1. 4.9.1 Drivers

      2. 4.9.2 Restraints

    10. 4.10 Supply Chain Analysis

    11. 4.11 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.11.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.11.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.11.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.11.4 Threat of Substitutes Products and Services

      5. 4.11.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Location of Deployment

      1. 5.1.1 Onshore

      2. 5.1.2 Offshore

    2. 5.2 Type

      1. 5.2.1 Rotory Steerable System (RSS)

      2. 5.2.2 Conventional

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

      2. 5.3.2 Asia-Pacific

      3. 5.3.3 Europe

      4. 5.3.4 South America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle East & 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 Schlumberger Ltd

      2. 6.3.2 Weatherford International PLC

      3. 6.3.3 Halliburton Company

      4. 6.3.4 Baker Hughes, a GE company

      5. 6.3.5 Scientific Drilling International Inc. (SDI)

      6. 6.3.6 China Oilfield Services Limited

      7. 6.3.7 PHX Energy Services Corp.

      8. 6.3.8 Gyrodata Inc.

      9. 6.3.9 Nabors Industries Ltd

      10. 6.3.10 Leam Drilling Systems Inc.


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