GLG Network Survey: Drilling Market Overview II

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GLG interviewed 65 senior executives who discussed their drilling activity and contractual impact in the last 12 months, impact of COVID-19 and their projections for the short and medium term. The initial wave of this survey was conducted in March 2021.

What will you learn from this survey?

  • This survey revisited topics explored in the first wave 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 August 2021, 38% of the respondents stated that the overall drilling activity has decreased in the last 12 months, compared to 81% reported back in March 2021.
  • 22% of the experts mentioned that the rig rates have increased by at least 5% in the last 12 months, up by 8% from March 2021.
  • In August 2021, more than half of our experts (52%) stated that their companies have terminated office/base personnel as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, up by 6% from March 2021.


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.

  • 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.


  • You mentioned that activity has reduced in the last 12 months. What factors have caused this change?
  • Has your retiring/scrapping of assets been affected in the past 12 months?
  • Do you think that the OPEC/OPEC+ agreements and the recent production increases, since the beginning of this year, have had an impact on your drilling activity?
  • How do you think that COVID-19 (and recent variants) will affect your operations in H2 2021 vs H2 2020?
  • Were your operations contractual impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • Do you think that the COVID-19 pandemic will have/has had a permanent negative impact on your drilling operations?
  • How do you now see the capital expenditure budget for 2021 vs 2020 for organisations in your industry?
  • Which factors do you believe will most affect your activity levels over the next 1 to 2 years?


This survey is available to subscribers of the Energy and Industrials (EI) sector (Limited subscriptions and above). 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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