Oilfield services spend to rise 47pc
London, July 17, 2014
Global oilfield services (OFS) expenditure is forecast to increase 47 per cent from $354 billion in thi year to $521 billion in 2018, according to Douglas-Westwood’s (DW) new World Oilfield Services Market Forecast.
The majority of global OFS spending occurs onshore, accounting for 79 per cent of the total between 2009 and 2013, it said.
Despite an increased focus on offshore exploration and production, DW expects onshore unconventional development to boost the onshore spend to 81 per cent over the forecast period.
Andy Jenkins, report analyst, said: “DW expects sustained increases in unconventional drilling to support further growth in North America’s share of global OFS expenditure, rising to 49 per cent by 2018. However, the largest increase in OFS expenditure is expected in Asia, largely driven by increased onshore drilling in China and high decline rates at offshore fields in South East Asia.
“Significantly less growth in expenditure is forecast in Western Europe where a focus on drilling will continue within the region’s mature offshore fields in sustained efforts to improve existing recovery.
“Analysis of all major oilfield service segments shows that expenditure will be predominately led by increased rig and crew spending, with this cost centre representing around 43 per cent of total OFS expenditure over the forecast period.
“Coiled tubing services and mud logging are two segments likely to see strong growth – increasing at an average of 12 per cent between 2014 and 2018. A steady increase in footage and drilling days is due to increasingly complex drilling techniques which are also expected to contribute to strong demand growth across service lines, particularly those impacted directly by the extended reach of wells such as cementing and tubing.” - TradeArabia News Service