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Oil majors boost demand for floaters as deepwater drilling takes off

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Demand from the world’s top oil companies for floating drilling units has climbed steadily in the past two years and is set to rise further through 2020 and 2021 as the majors step up development and exploration activity in deepwater basins.

Floater demand by major E&P in contract yearsFloater demand surged from around 50 contract years in 2010 to peak at about 80 in 2014, before the oil-price slump caused operators to scale back floater contract commitments to less than 35 contract years in 2017. Since then, majors ExxonMobil, Shell, BP, Chevron, Total and Eni have steadily increased deepwater contracting activity, having added almost 10 contract years since 2017. Rystad Energy expects demand to grow further towards 2022.




Eivind Drabløs
Analyst, Offshore Rigs
Phone: +47 22 00 42 00

Julia Weiss
Director, Head of Marketing & Communications
Phone: +47 24 00 42 00


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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 is headquartered in Oslo, Norway with additional offices in London, New York, Houston, Aberdeen, Stavanger, Moscow, Rio de Janeiro, Singapore, Bangalore, Tokyo, Sydney, and Dubai.