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Impact of Covid-19 on the Oilfield Services Market Size, Share, Industry Analysis and Regional Forecast 2019-2027

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“The impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the Oilfield Services Market is expected to be momentous as major players are reducing their capital expenditure to sustain in the market.”


As the number of infected cases is doubling day-by-day, the economic progress  in  almost one-third of the  countries has come to a halt. The world economy is shrinking due to coronavirus pandemic,  severely hitting economic activities around the world. Many companies are experiencing heat due to a sharp fall in crude oil prices in the international market. As on April 22, 2020, the West Texas Intermediate (WTI) prices have reached  historic low to negative USD 37 per barrel. Oilfield services companies and operators are deferring investment in new projects to mitigate the impact. Government entities and international organizations are working together to provide impetus to the hydrocarbon industry through strategic planning, bilateral talks, and tax incentives to ease the impact, with constant negotiations taking place between U.S., China, Russia, and OPEC+ producers.

Based on the analysis by Fortune Business Insights, the short-term impact of COVID-19 is expected to cause a huge decline in the annual growth rate of the global Oilfield Services Market from 3.2% to -26.5% in 2020. The global Oilfield Services Market, which was projected to be worth USD 261.16 billion in 2020 before the outbreak of the pandemic, is now expected to generate USD 188.75 billion this year.

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Plummeting Crude Oil Prices and Subdued Economic Activities

The spread of nCOVID-19 across the world is severely impacting the global economy. Coronavirus engulfed  185 countries, putting  restrictions on businesses and non-essential activities to contain the virus. Subdued economic activities across the globe ensued a sharp fall in demand for crude oil. For the first time, in an unprecedented wipe-out, crude oil plunged to below zero in April 2020. Also, industrial and economic activities  have come to a grinding halt as governments around the globe intend to extend lockdowns due to the swift spread of the pandemic.

The sharp decline in crude oil prices has prompted companies to take decisive steps to survive in this volatile market. For instance, In April 2020, Baker Hughes announced to slash its  net capital expenditure (CAPEX) by over 20% versus its 2019 levels. The company’s plan to reduce the CAPEX will result in restructuring, impairment, and mitigate the impact of the global pandemic to its business operations.

Oversupply of Oil and Price War Between US, Russia, and Saudi Arabia

The oil demand was already weak before the emergence of coronavirus due to the US-China trade war. The nCOVID-19 outbreak further marks a significant impact on the already oversupplied oil market in 2020 Q1 & Q2. Moreover, Saudi Arabia kicked off a price war with Russia at a time when the world is dealing with the pandemic outbreak, decimating supply chains and fueling  panic buying and grounding. The conflict between the two countries translated in a sharp decline in oil prices, and subsequently, prices plunged to negative in April 2020. However, both the countries agreed to slash production with other members of the OPEC+ in an effort to lift the market in the pandemic driven situation.

Resilient Impact on China, the Largest Consumer of Crude Oil

Coronavirus emerged in  Chinese city of Wuhan in late December 2019. Subsequently, the virus spread to other countries across the world, putting  global economic health at risk. The Chinese government imposed lockdowns in various parts of the country to contain the spread of the virus. I Industries dependent on  supply chains, material procurement, cash flow, downstream demand, logistics, and  labour movement have been severely affected. As China is one of the largest consumers of hydrocarbons and subdued economic activity, putting the major oil supplier countries in a dire situation.China is paving the way to open its economy, which is beneficial for market prospects.

The Chinese company, China Oilfield Service Limited, is one of the leading service providers in the Asia offshore market, covering a wide range  of oilfield services. It accounts for a significant share in the global Oilfield Services Market.

Pandemic Worsening the Public Health Sector

According to Johns Hopkins University & Medicine, around 185 countries have been  affected by the pandemic outbreak. Day by day, the situation is worsening in  different parts of the world, swallowing a considerable part of the global GDP. The infected cases are expected to surpass the 3-million mark with more than 2 lakh deaths already recorded around the world. Though the virus has emerged in China, the US has been severely hit by the global pandemic, making it the country with the maximum infected cases and deaths recorded in the world. On the contrary, European countries such as Spain, Italy, UK, Germany, France, and others are also facing severe threats due to the pandemic outbreak. Almost 2/3rd of the population in Europe is in some form of lockdown or shutdown imposed by authorities to contain the spread of the virus. To handle the worsening situation, the World Health Organization (WHO) is collaborating with scientists, pharmaceutical companies, and research & development centers to develop a vaccine as soon as possible to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus.


Slash in Capital & Operational Expenditure Coupled with Deferring Upstream Projects to Majorly Impact Drilling Services”

The Drilling Service Market was valued  at USD 87.96 billion in 2019 and accounted for around 34.3% of the Global Oilfield Services Market

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The hydrocarbon industry is facing severe consequences on account of oversupply and plummeting crude oil prices due to the spread of the coronavirus. Many countries have imposed lockdowns to contain the virus, putting  businesses around the world on virtual standstill. Subdued economic activities and ban on non-essential services are  further crunching the already fallen market prospects. In order to cope with the situation, several companies are taking constructive steps to sustain in a fiercely challenging environment such as  slashing CAPEX & OPEX, along with postponement of upstream projects.  Royal Dutch Shell announced in April 2020 that it would delay a final investment decision (FID) on the Crux gas project in offshore Australia to balance with the ongoing economic slowdown due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Market segments with a low level of exposure to the COVID-19 outbreak

Market segments with a high level of exposure to the COVID-19 outbreak


“Leading Players Account forAapproximately 45% Share of the Global Oilfield Service Market

Every business sector is facing the crunch and downturn due to the pandemic outbreak across the globe. The spread of the coronavirus has not only put human lives at risk but has also slashed the global economy. However, each company has a different strategy to cope with the situation according to their policy. The impact of the outbreak will vary according to regional scenarios and measures taken by the national governments to contain the virus and provide a stimulus package to businesses. Meanwhile, small and medium scale companies are projected to go bankrupt on account of extended lockdowns and non-availability of liquidity.  Similarly, the giant companies are acting decisively to mitigate the impact of the pandemic outbreak through slashing of annual budgets, deferring development projects, employee reduction, and others. For instance, ExxonMobil is slashing its USD 10 billion spending plan in response to low energy prices caused by collapsing demand. The cut by the company will assist in surviving in a downturn.            

Top 10 Oilfield Service Companies

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Revenue Growth Projections Scaled Back by Major Oilfield Service Companies due to the Impact of COVID-19 

  • Baker Hughes generated revenue of USD 5.4 billion for the first quarter in 2020. down 3% year-over-year.

  • Schlumberger booked revenue of USD 7.5 billion in the first quarter in 2020, which is 5% lower  compared to their usual  year-on-year estimates.

  • Halliburton's total revenue in the first quarter of 2020 was USD 5 billion, a 12% decrease from revenue of $5.7 billion in the first quarter of 2019.

The report provides a detailed qualitative and quantitative analysis on the level of impact of COVID-19 on major oilfield service providers along with the measures taken by these companies to minimize the impact.

An Infographic Representation of Impact of Covid-19 on the Oilfield Services Market

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The North America Oilfield Services Market Value stood at USD 124.43 Billion in 2019 and Accounted for More Than 48% of the Global Oilfield Services Market Share

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The level of impact of the COVID-19 outbreak will vary across regions as well, and the level of exposure experienced by different regions and countries will depend on various factors such as:

  • Number of positive cases and mortality rate in different regions will decide the lockdown future;

  • Government policies to support businesses in the form of stimulus packages;

  • Measures being taken by authorities to curb the spread of the virus;

  • Proposed plans to resume economic activity;

  • Investment in the oil and gas industry; and

  • Number of active rigs.

The report provides a detailed analysis of the level of impact of COVID-19 across different regions/countries by considering these factors.


  • The Oilfield Services Market is anticipated to face  severe consequences of global slowdown caused by  the pandemic outbreak.

  • Though there is a downturn in the hydrocarbon industry due to subdued economic activity, the global market will gain traction with easing of lockdown restrictions, which brightens the market prospects.

  • The pandemic outbreak will affect the industry at a larger scale, predominantly acquisitions, mergers, new upstream projects, and existing announced projects  will be deferred to cope up with the situation.

The report developed by Fortune Business Insights on ‘Global Oilfield Services Market – Impact of Covid-19’ will answer the following questions

  • What is the short-term and long-term impact of COVID-19 on the global Oilfield Services Market?

  • What are the short-term and long-term implications of COVID-19 on demand for oilfield services in major regions and countries?

  • What is the short-term and long-term impact of COVID-19 on the various Oilfield Services Market segments?

  • What is the segmentation of the  market  based on a high, medium, and low level of impact of COVID-19?

  • What is the segmentation of the major oilfield service companies based on a high, medium, and low level of impact of COVID-19?

  • What are the short-term and long-term opportunities offered by the COVID-19 pandemic in the Oilfield Services Market?

  • What are the factors that are driving the impact of COVID-19 on the global Oilfield Services Market?

  • What are the steps being taken by companies to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on their business units/revenues?

  • What are the steps taken by the government/industry to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the Oilfield Services Market?

  • What are the key industry developments in response to the impact of COVID-19?

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