Onshore rig global day rate data and insights

Updates to Global Land Drilling Rigs (GLDR) product provides day rate ranges for more than 8,000 land drilling rigs within the product over the course of 2022, beginning with those in the U.S., Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa.

By Westwood Global Energy Group May 9, 2022
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Latest analysis from Westwood Global Energy Group (Westwood), the specialist energy market research and consultancy firm, reveals that there is a wide variance in the day rate not just across regions but in neighboring countries, with a variety of factors determining the ranges that rig operators are able to receive.

Further analysis shows that a wide range of drilling requirements and safety directives for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has resulted in significant fluctuations in day rates from country to country. Lower specification rigs in some North African countries have been listed for as little as $8,000 per day, while super-spec rigs in one Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) country reportedly reached up to $56,000 per day. Day rates across Latin America (LATAM) also have a significant range, with lows of $10,000 per day and highs of $48,000 per day.

Regional day rate range comparison.

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With the unexpected rise in oil prices instigating a forecasted recovery in rig demand globally, there has never been a more important time for those in the oil and gas industry to have a clear snapshot of land rig day rates that are updated regularly to fit with the fluctuation seen in today’s industry.

Todd Jensen, Analyst at Westwood said, “North Africa typically sees a larger fluctuation in rig day rates due to short-term rig contracts, compared to the Middle East where longer contracts are more common, especially in key countries for regional rig demand such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Contracts in the GCC region are also heavily focused on health and safety, and past performance, making it harder for new contractors to enter the region. These longer contracts also mean we expect to see less variation in day rates over the coming months and years as most contracts will be fixed for up to five years.”

Responding to market demand, these findings follow the release of an update to the industry-first global solution, Global Land Drilling Rigs Day rate service, that harnesses Westwood’s unrivalled depth of data, to power a fast, easy-to-use analytical tool. This addition allows users to see rates for each individual rig, based on the rig specification and the rate expectations of the country it is currently based in.

Todd also stated, “Since the 2014 oil price downturn, the world has seen a pandemic and significant military conflicts, as well as renewed efforts to transition the world away from oil & gas – all of which have deeply impacted the cost of project developments. This tool means drilling contractors will be able to see where their fleet of onshore rigs can be best placed to maximize profits, while oil & gas operators can benchmark the day rate costs against their own in each country.”

The additional datasets, available from today, include rate expectations for MENA, LATAM and the U.S. Lower 48 with Canada, Australasia, Western Europe, Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe & the FSU to follow over the course of the year.


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