Growing E&P activities globally owing to ever increasing energy needs is expected to remain a key driver for global completion equipment market growth over the forecast period. Global energy demand is expected to reach four giga tons of oil equivalent (GTOE) by 2020. This has led to increased pressure on the E&P companies to extract more hydrocarbons from existing wells using advanced techniques. This in turn is expected to foster deep exploration activities on a large scale particularly in Gulf of Mexico, South China Sea and North Sea. This is expected to augment completion equipment demand over next seven years. Rapid development of unconventional resources is also one of the key factors contributing to market growth. Increased efficiency in deepwaters and ultra deepwaters along with enhanced completion efficiency has resulted in maximized production capabilities by market participants. This has led to high completion equipment demand on a large scale.
High capital investment coupled with lack of skilled labors is major challenge to the market growth. Additionally, stringent environmental norms& regulations and depletion of number of active wells are also expected to hinder completion equipment market growth over the next few years. North America dominated the global completion equipment market and accounted for over two-fifth of the total market revenue in 2014. This may be attributed to the presence of several oil field services companies and use of advanced technologies on a large scale. U.S. was the largest consumer of completion equipment in the region on account of shale boom backed by the major players in the market. China was the major contributor in the Asia Pacific region with over 65 % of the total market share in 2014 and is expected to witness significant growth over the forecast period. This may be attributed to the development of unconventional reserves such as Shale and CBM. European region is expected to witness above average growth rates in the subsequent years owing to increased deepwater drilling in the North Sea. Countries such Norway, the Netherlands, and Russia present lucrative opportunities for market participants over the near future.
Completion equipment consists of casings, cementing materials & equipment, perforating guns, gravel packing, and wellheads. Casings contributed for a major share of the market revenue over the last few years owing to increased installation in tight and unconventional reservoirs. The product segment is expected to lose share to high growth completion equipment such as gravel packing. Perforating guns are expected to witness significant growth in demand on account of increased application in hydrofracking and horizontal drilling.
Key players operating in completion equipment market include Schlumberger, Halliburton, Baker Hughes and Weatherford. The market is highly consolidated with aforementioned companies accounted for over 70% of the market share in 2014. These companies are involved in aggressive M&A in order to increase market share. For instance, Halliburton recently acquired Baker Hughes for USD 35.0 billion.
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