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2019 could be subsea’s biggest comeback

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Almost all segments in the oilfield service sector showed gains on a quarterly basis in the second quarter of 2019, according to a recent analysis by Rystad Energy. The only exception was the land drilling segment, where revenues fell by 7% compared to the previous quarter. The decline in land drilling is driven by decreased revenues in the United States where the drilling activity is slowing down. Industry players see increased oil price uncertainty and E&P spending cuts underlying the slowdown.

While land drilling and well stimulation activities are contracting, the subsea market is on the rise. Subsea equipment and SURF – subsea, umbilicals, risers, and flowlines – are the best-performing segments, with growth rates exceeding 10% on a yearly basis in the second quarter of 2019. This is the second quarter with positive year-on-year growth, following several years of decline, signalling improved market conditions. We expect 2019 to be the first year with subsea revenue growth since 2014.

Graph showing total US fracking rate by FracFocus database release time Source: FracFocus Chemical Disclosure Registry and Rystad Energy research and analysis###


Audun Martinsen
Head of Oilfield Service Research
Telephone: +47 48 07 76 11

Morten Bertelsen
Vice President of Media Relations
Phone: +47 951 98 742

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Rystad Energy is an independent energy research and business intelligence company providing data, tools, analytics and consultancy services to the global energy industry. Our products and services cover energy fundamentals and the global and regional upstream, oilfield services and renewable energy industries, tailored to analysts, managers and executives alike. Rystad Energy’s headquarters are located in Oslo, Norway with offices in London, New York, Houston, Aberdeen, Stavanger, Moscow, Rio de Janeiro, Singapore, Bangalore, Tokyo, Sydney and Dubai.