; Offshore drilling market, size, share, forecast

Offshore Drilling Market

Offshore Drilling Market Size, Share, and Analysis, By Rig Type (Drillships, Semisubmersibles and Jackups), By Water Depth (Shallow Water, Deepwater and Ultra-Deepwater), By Services (Contract Drilling, Directional Drilling, Logging While Drilling, Measurement While Drilling) and By Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, And Rest of the World) And Regional Forecast 2024-2034

Published on: Jan-2024
Report Code: FG EP 01836
No. of Pages: 170-350
Report Format: PDF

Offshore Drilling Market is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 7.9% in the forecast period (2024-2034), with the market size valued at USD 32.2 billion in 2023 and projected to reach USD 74.4 billion by 2034.

Product Overview

Offshore Drilling is the segment under the oil and gas industry, which helps in the extracting necessary hydrocarbons, such as oil and gas. In comparison to onshore drilling that takes place on land, offshore drilling involves conducting exploration activities in water bodies. Offshore process requires essential drilling rigs and equipment which is used to operate under various water depths, which can range from shallow to deep water. Key constituents of the offshore drilling market constitutes of drill ships, semi-submersibles, and jack-up rigs, which are designed for specific water geological and marine conditions. The drilling market is influenced by major key factors such as technological developments, increasing energy demand and environmental guidelines.  Key players in the industry offer various services to explore and exploit reserves. The sector is constantly evolving, with new challenges such as environmental concerns, high expenditure and regular uncertainties. Offshore drilling market has played an important role in the development of energy requirements all over the globe.

Market Highlights

Offshore Drilling Market is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 7.9% during the forecast period, 2024-2034

Offshore Drilling Market is anticipated to reach USD 74.4 billion, growing at a CAGR of 7.9% during the forecast period owing to the increasing energy demand, particularly in the developing nations with significant urbanization, combined with the need to explore and extract hydrocarbons from offshore reserves. Offshore drilling market is categorised based on exploration form such as Deepwater, shallow water and Ultra-Deep Water. These practices take place in these particular water levels which are executed with the help of rigs like Drillships, Semisubmersibles and Jackups. While equipment and services like Contract Drilling, Directional Drilling, Logging While Drilling and Measurement While Drilling are used prominently to assist these offshore drilling activities.

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Offshore Drilling Market Segmentation

Deepwater segment dominates the total market sphere

By Water Depth, Offshore Drilling Market is segmented into Shallow Water, Deepwater and Ultra-Deepwater. Deepwater segment dominates the current market as Deepwater areas have the prominent portion of the world’s undiscovered oil and gas reserves. The giant reserves help in new developmental projects attracting major oil and gas corporations to invest in developmental projects. Technological advancements in the industry with improved equipment have efficiently improved the capabilities for operating in the extreme depths.  Drillships and semisubmersibles are adequately able to withstand pressure and drill in challenging atmosphere. Shallow water on onshore reserves have been depleting considerably, Deepwater resources become extremely important for meeting the global energy requirements. Despite having high operational costs, Deepwater projects with advancement in the technological landscape and successful explorations have reduced the cost of cost per barrels. While Deepwater segment dominates the whole market, shallow-water segment is still prominent in cost-saving solutions, remaining relevant for specific projects and regions such as the mediterranean and red sea regions.

 Drillships to remain prominent due to active use in Deepwater segment

By Rig Type, Offshore Drilling Market is segmented into Drillships, Semisubmersibles and Jackups. Drillship segment prominently dominates the market sphere due to their ability to work in Deepwaters and ultra-deep waters where jackups or fixed platforms are not suitable. Drillships are known for their smart ability to position themselves using dynamic positioning, making them t move freely between wells and follow moving targets. Drillships are ideal for handling pressure and complex formations due to their effective design and powerful drilling equipment, ideally in the high pressure environments while offering better cutting-edge automation, data acquisition and remote monitoring. While other segments such as semisubmersibles offer a balance of stability and better drilling capacity. Jackups, on the other hand provide a cost effective solution for shallow water drillings.

Market Dynamics

Growth Drivers

Rising Global Energy Demand to positively affect market development and growth in the industry

Population growth in developing regions like Asia-Pacific has increased the need for energy in applications like transportation, electricity generation and industrial processes, this certain surge calls for the heightened requirement of oil and gas. Rapid Urbanization accompanied by high industrial activities have increased the dependence on energy sources like natural gas, developing economies are pushing the demand for extraction of sources from offshore reserves. While the governments are pushing towards renewable energy adoption, major industrial tasks still require oil and natural gas sources to substitute their working process. These all activities have increased the exploration and development in offshore area, with higher utilization of drilling rigs, while providing increased opportunities for companies involved in offshore drilling operations.

Depletion of Onshore reserves to create significant opportunities

Many onshore oil and gas fields are being used constantly since decades to fulfil the global energy requirements, in recent years these onshore fields have seen minimal or no production due to drying up of wells or sources. This problem shifted the extraction paradigm to offshore drilling fields and untouched reserves. Onshore activities are being restricted due to increasing push by the governments to prevent land exploitation activities, which offered a great opportunity for offshore drilling companies. Advancement in seismic technology have made it possible to extract oil from Deepwater and more offshore locations. Offshore drilling market has specific increased opportunities for Deepwater and Ultra-Deepwater domain.     


Environmental Concerns regarding drilling activities may hinder overall market performance

Environmental concerns are coming up as the significant restraint in the proper growth of offshore drilling market. Accidental oil spills during exploration, drilling and transportation can have negative consequences for the marine life and ecosystem. Major spills while Deepwater explorations can cause corporations to pay higher expenses in terms of penalty, with sometimes facing cancellation of contracts. Physical presence of rigs and platforms can cause disruptions for marine life, impacting their natural habitat. Seismic surveys on the other hand can disrupt marine life, due to underwater blasts. Environmental concerns can lead to stricter regulations and higher environmental and carbon taxes. Addressing environmental concerns are crucial for long term projects, companies need to adopt better practices, while investing in cleaner technologies and implement robust measures. 

Recent Developments

  • In 2023, Saipem signed major 540 million contract for providing construction, installation, procurement services in the Bacalhau offshore field located in Brazil. The company is also focusing on expanding its presence in offshore wind, acquiring Oceanwind and entering a strategic partnership with Orsted on a floating wind farm project. 
  • In 2023, Daimond Offshore Drilling, Inc. successfully came out of bankruptcy in May, while the company also won contracts for its Ocean BlackPearl drillship in Guyana and Gulf of Mexico.
  • In 2023, Transocean completed its debt refinancing and secured new loans, improving overall liquidity and flexibility. The company also expanded its presence in the harsh environments by getting a contract for Deepwater drillship in the Barents Sea, of the Artic Region.
  • In 2023, KCA Deutag acquired assests of DOF Group’s subsea business operations, in order to expand its global reach. The company also developed robotic technologies for susbsea inspection and maintenance.
  • In 2023, Maersk Drilling corporation secured several rigs, including mutli-year contracts for its drillships in Mexico. While the company invested heavily in new technology such as in-house harsh environment jack-up rig design, expanding their capabilities for challenging environments.

Offshore Drilling Market

Key Players:

  • Saipem                                                                     
  • Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc.
  • Transocean Ltd.
  • KCA Deutag
  • Seadrill Limited
  • Maersk Drilling
  • Noble Corporation
  • EnscoRowan (now Valaris plc)
  • Pacific Drilling
  • Shelf Drilling
  • Odfjell Drilling
  • Nabors Industries Ltd.
  • Borr Drilling
  • COSL - China Oilfield Services Limited
  • Atwood Oceanics
  •  Other Prominent Players (Company Overview, Business Strategy, Key Product Offerings, Financial Performance, Key Performance Indicators, Risk Analysis, Recent Development, Regional Presence, SWOT Analysis)

Regional Analysis

Offshore Drilling Market is segmented based on regional analysis into five major regions: North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East and Africa. The Asia Pacific region dominated the offshore drilling market due to the rising energy demand, increasing population which is leading towards a surge for oil and gas. Asia-Pacific region usually has large untouched offshore oil and gas reserves, particularly in the Southeast Asian and Indian region. Several governments in the region are prioritizing energy production and investing heavily in offshore exploration. The region is also developing with innovation in technological services, allowing companies based in the region to explore more deep waters.

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Impact of Covid-19 on Offshore Drilling Market

The Covid-19 significantly impacted the offshore drilling market, with plunging oil prices in the region due to lockdowns, caused oil crash in early 2020. This led to a lot of project postponements, cancellations. Global lockdowns and travel restrictions disrupted the total supply chain for production of drilling equipment and services. Stringent protocols and quarantine measures slowed down the operations and increased manpower costs. Restrictions for travel of workers delayed the development of various offshore projects. Economic uncertainty made the investors hesitate to invest in offshore projects. The Covid-19 pandemic also had some positive effects with market downturn making oil companies to prioritize cost effective measures and improvements. Technology adoption heightened during the pandemic with the use of remote monitoring and automation helped in improving the overall market efficiency. Overall Covid-19 pandemic initially had a negative impact, but it also triggered some positive changes like increasing efficiencies that may benefit the industry in future.   

Offshore Drilling Market is further segmented by region into:

  • North America Market Size, Share, Trends, Opportunities, Y-o-Y Growth, CAGR – United States and Canada
  • Latin America Market Size, Share, Trends, Opportunities, Y-o-Y Growth, CAGR – Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe Market Size, Share, Trends, Opportunities, Y-o-Y Growth, CAGR – United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Hungary, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, NORDIC, Russia, Turkey, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific Market Size, Share, Trends, Opportunities, Y-o-Y Growth, CAGR – India, China, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, New Zealand, Australia, and Rest of APAC
  • Middle East and Africa Market Size, Share, Trends, Opportunities, Y-o-Y Growth, CAGR – North Africa, Israel, GCC, South Africa, and Rest of MENA

Offshore Drilling Market Scope and Segments:



Study Period


Base Year


Forecast Period


Historical Period


Growth Rate

CAGR of 7.9% from 2024-2034


Value (USD Billion)


Main Segments List

By Rig Type

  • Drillships
  • Semisubmersibles
  • Jackups

By Water Depth

  • Shallow Water
  • Deepwater
  • Ultra-Deepwater

By Services

  • Contract Drilling
  • Directional Drilling
  • Logging While Drilling
  • Measurement While Drilling

By Region

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • U.K.
    • France
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • Australia
    • Southeast Asia
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East & Africa
    • GCC
    • South Africa
    • Rest of Middle East & Africa

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Offshore Drilling Market size was values at USD 32.2 billion in 2023 and is projected to reach the value of USD 74.4 billion in 2034, exhibiting a CAGR of 7.9% during the forecast period.

Offshore Drilling is the segment under the oil and gas industry, which helps in the extracting necessary hydrocarbons, such as oil and gas. In comparison to onshore drilling that takes place on land, offshore drilling involves conducting exploration activities in water bodies. Offshore process requires essential drilling rigs and equipment which is used to operate under various water depths, which can range from shallow to deep water.

The Deepwater and Drillship segment accounted for the largest Offshore Drilling Market share.

Key players in the Offshore Drilling Market includes Saipem, Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc., Transocean Ltd., KCA Deutag, Seadrill Limited, Maersk Drilling, Noble Corporation, EnscoRowan (now Valaris plc), Pacific Drilling, Shelf Drilling, Odfjell Drilling, Nabors Industries Ltd., Borr Drilling, COSL - China Oilfield Services Limited, Atwood Oceanics. and Other Prominent Players.

Rise in automation demand and incorporation of advanced technologies are the factors driving the Offshore Drilling Market.

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