Oil and Gas Industry resides at the core of any modern booming economy as all the industries are primarily dependent on a substantial energy source for their function and working. Over the years, the industry’s scenario has significantly changed as the newer reserves are no longer large in size, easily accessible and economically feasible. They are smaller, more complex in nature and require high amount of technical expertise to be drilled in an efficient manner. Therefore, this propels the need of implementing newer technologies in the industry in orderto make current processes more productive as well as intuitive. Directional drilling is one such breakthrough advancement in the field of Oil and Gas well drilling.

Directional drilling is defined as a scientific technique of drilling a wellbore (in a particular direction) to a predefined subsurface target. The well is drilled to a particular point from where the drill bit is deviated away from the vertical at a certain angle and is directed towards the target location. Furthermore, the direction of the well drilled is defined by azimuth as well as the angle of inclination. The major advantages of using directional drilling are:

  • Drilling and development of multiple wells from One Location
  • Drilling and development of relief wells
  • Side-tracking
  • Drilling and development in Inaccessible locations
  • Salt Dome drilling
  • Drilling and development through faults.

These implementations supplement and suggest a substantial growth in directional drilling market, which had an estimated worth of 8.35 billion dollars in 2016, and is growing at a steady rate of XX% every year. Our extensive and in-depth analysis concludes that the market is booming and suggests that it will eventually reach an approximated net worth of xx billion dollars by 2026.

Technology Overview

Directional drilling is classified on the basis of profiles which demonstrate the shape of the wellbore drilled. The planning of a directional well is triggered with the selection of a well pattern or profile followed by defining a well path on the basis of kick off point, build-up and drop off rate and tangent angle of the well. Another important factor to consider while deciding the trajectory of the well is the consideration of locations of both target and rig and thus drilling a path which is most economically viable.

The primary objective of deviating a bit is achieved by implementation of specialized tools and techniques which can be used to change the direction of the drill bit. The two primary principles on which this tool works upon are:

  1. Introduce a bit tilt angle into the axis of the Bottom Hole Assembly (BHA) just above the bit.
  2. Introduce a side force to the bit.

Some tools and technologies used to achieve deviation are Whipstocks, RebelTool, Badger Bit (Jetting), Bent Sub and Positive Displacement Motor, Turbodrills, Steerable Drilling Systems and more. A thorough analysis, explanation and utilization of tools are mentioned in the report.

The primary drivers of the market can be classified primarily on two factors which are growing urbanization as well as increasing complexity of the target reservoirs with many more. With infrastructural developments rising exponentially, directional drilling is proving to be revolutionary to operate in areas with concise surface area or other conventional drilling constraints. More importantly, various researches and studies suggest that world has nearly found or exhausted all the major, easily accessible reserves. Further, the newer reserves are more complex and in difficult to access locations thereby propelling the need of directional drilling. However, as directional drilling is significantly costlier than its conventional counterparts, the project economics strictly restrains its viability. Directional drilling technologies also tend to be underutilized at places where there is a possibility to drill and produce the well conventionally and it significantly increases the costs of various other applications(like logging, well testing, casing etc.) as these need to be catered in accordance to the profile of well drilled. Moreover, the need of directional drilling is increasing on a whole because of increasing exploitation of unconventional reserves and therefore there is a tremendous scope in the industry in terms of both research and implementation of the technology

Comprehensive competitive analysis and profiles of major market players such as Baker Hughes, Gyrodata, Halliburton, Schlumberger, Superior Drilling Products and Weatherford International etc. is also provided in this report.

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By Location

  • Onshore
  • Offshore

By Nature of Application

  • Horizontal well drilling
  • Multilateral well drilling
  • Extended reach drilling

By Geography

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Central & South America
  • Middle East & Africa
  • Market overview and forecasting covering Optimistic, Realistic and Pessimistic scenarios (2018-2028)
  • Analysis and study of various services provided by major players active in the Directional Drilling market
  • Market segmentation based on Location, Nature of Application and Geography
  • Detailed coverage of technology and services involved
  • Technical comparative studies and case analysis
  • Competitive landscape with in depth analysis of the market players’ strategy
  • Infraline’s Techno Managerial edge covering SWOT, TOWS, Porter’s five forces and PESTLE analysis

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