GLG Network Survey Tracker: Drilling Market III

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GLG surveyed 50 senior executives working in the drilling space (onshore and/or offshore) globally. This is the third wave in this tracker series.

What will you learn from this survey?

  • This survey revisited topics explored in the first waves of the Drilling Market Overview Tracker, providing a wave-by-wave outlook on the industry.
  • The research investigated the impact of COVID-19 on the drilling market and respondents’ projections for the short and medium term.
  • Lastly, respondents commented on initiatives taken to mitigate client pricing pressures and factors they believe will affect their activity levels the most for the next years.

Examples of findings:

  • In this last iteration, most experts (72%) mentioned their rig activity has increased in the last 12 months.
  • 78% of the experts mentioned that the rig rates have increased by at least 5% in the last 12 months, up by 56% from August 2021.
  • More than half of our experts (54%) stated that their companies have terminated office/base personnel as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


The GLG Surveys team drafted the questionnaire with the support of GLG Network Member, Roger Hodgson, former Commercial and Marketing Director at Weatherford Drilling International.

The standard deliverable includes: 

  • 1 x Individual responses (“raw data”) in Excel.
  • 1 x PPT report with aggregated data.
  • Executive summary with key takeaways and highlights from the raw data.


  • Have you seen a decrease or increase in rig activity over the last 12 months?
  • Have rig rates changed significantly over last 12 months?
  • Have you seen any change in client contractual preferences in the past 12 months?
  • Has your retiring/scrapping of assets been affected in the past 12 months?
  • Do you think that the Covid-19 pandemic will have/has had a permanent negative impact on your drilling operations?
  • Which factors do you believe will most affect your activity levels over the next 1 to 2 years?
  • How likely will the current climate cause consolidation of drilling contractors?

This survey is available to subscribers of the Energy and Industrials (EI) sector. This offer includes the raw data file and a high-level presentation through PowerPoint. Please contact your GLG representative for details on your firm’s access.



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