Offshore Drilling Fluid Market Poised to Expand at a Robust Pace Over 2031

Offshore Drilling Fluid Market Analysis

Offshore Drilling Fluid Market Analysis

Offshore Drilling Fluid Market Global Trends, Share, Growth, Opportunity, and Forecast, 2021 - 2031

Offshore drilling fluids are used as shale inhibitors, corrosion inhibitors, defoamers, emulsifiers, filtration reducers, breakers, biocides, and weighting operators, with particular additives.”
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PORTLAND, OREGON, UNITED STATES, December 3, 2023 / -- The offshore drilling fluid market was valued at $3.2 billion in 2021 and is estimated to reach $4.8 billion by 2031, growing at a CAGR of 4.5% from 2022 to 2031. The offshore drilling fluid market is experiencing increased demand owing to increased exploration and extraction activities in the oil and gas industry. It is gaining significant momentum owing to increased activities in oil rigs and well bore maintenance. The market is driven by increased demand for primary energy that propels the exploration activities for fossil fuels which in turn drives the offshore drilling fluid market. The market growth is hampered by the toxic residual waste produced from drilling activities.

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Offshore drilling fluids are also known as muds that are used for lubrication, cooling, removing cuttings, and conducting other extraction and drilling activities. The rise in desire to increase production rates, and efficiency, and reduce gas-related capital expenditure has had a significant impact on the expansion of the offshore fluid industry. As a result, the increase in demand for crude oil and natural gas in energy-extensive industries such as manufacturing, power generation, and transportation has prompted exploration and production companies to increase investments in offshore drilling activities. This is also a key determinant favoring the offshore drilling fluids market growth.

The fast expansion of the oil and gas sectors in emerging nations also aids the offshore drilling fluid market growth. The increased government investments in upgrading the oil and gas sector. This also acts as a key driving factor for the industry's growth. In addition, the increased effort required to meet growing energy needs also propels the market growth for offshore drilling fluid. However, the high cost of drilling and concerns regarding the toxic waste disposal from drilling fluids is a major concern and acts as a market restraint. Meanwhile, synthetic-based fluids offer opportunity for growing concerns over toxic waste as they are nontoxic, and advancing these can be an alternate and revolutionary step toward oil & gas extraction activities. The offshore drilling market size is studied on the basis of type, application, end-user industry, and region.

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Based on type it is categorized into oil-based fluids (OBF), water-based fluids (WBF), synthetic-based fluids (SBF), and others. OBF garnered the highest market share for 2021 ad is projected to grow at a higher CAGR during the studied years. This is owed to its improved lubricity. Due to the increasing demand for lesser corrosion of drilling tools, and higher thermal stability it will grow at a CAGR of 4.8% during the forecast period. Oil-based drilling fluid is used in drilling engineering and is the composition of oil and water in continuous and dispersed phases, respectively. Gaseous drilling fluid is studied in the others segment. A wide range of gases can be used for drilling.

Competitive Analysis:

The Offshore Drilling Fluid industry's key market players adopt various strategies such as product launches, product development, collaboration, partnership, and agreements to influence the market. It includes details about the key players in the market's strengths, product portfolio, market size and share analysis, operational results, and market positioning.

Some of the major key players in the global Offshore Drilling Fluid Market include,

National Oilwell Varco, Inc.
Shell Plc.
National Energy Services Reunited Corp.
Gumpro Drilling Fluids Pvt. Ltd
Akzo Nobel N.V.
General Electric
Halliburton Company
Baker Hughes Inc.
Weatherford International Ltd.
China Oilfield Services Limited

Depending on the application, the market bifurcation is done into oil and gas extraction, maintaining wellbore stability, mineral extraction, and others. Oil & gas extraction dominated the market share for 2021. The same is expected to grow at a higher CAGR during the forecast period owing to increased activities in offshore rigs due to increased investment to boost oil and gas industry growth. The use of mud rotary is mostly preferred for a high yield. It offers advantages such as Cooling and lubricating the bit and drill string, Stabilizing the borehole, Cleaning the borehole, providing gel strength to suspend and remove cuttings, and controlling fluid loss to the formation. This aids in propelling offshore drilling fluid market growth.

Based on the end-user industry, the market segmentation is done into oil and gas, energy industry, and others. The oil and gas industry had the highest revenue share in 2021 and will continue to grow fastest during the forecast period. This is attributed to rising investments to boost the oil and gas industry economy.

Region-wise, offshore drilling fluid market analysis in done for North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA (Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa). North America dominated the market share followed by LAMEA. This is expected to continue so during the forecast period as well owing to the shale boom and increasing offshore drilling activities within this region. Moreover, massive oil reserves in Canada play a major role in driving the demand in the region.

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Key findings of the study:

- North America is projected to grow at the highest CAGR of approximately 4.7%, in terms of during the offshore drilling fluid market forecast period
- The oil and gas end-user industry dominated the offshore drilling fluid market share by over 81.0% in 2021
- By type, oil-based fluid dominated the offshore drilling fluid market and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.8% during the offshore drilling fluid market forecast period
- By application, the oil and gas extraction segment dominated the offshore drilling fluid market and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.6% during the forecast period

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