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  • Published In : May 2024
  • Code : CMI6986
  • Pages :166
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  • Industry : Smart Technologies

Market Size and Trends

Global artificial lift systems market is estimated to be valued at USD 8.46 Bn in 2024 and is expected to reach USD 14.35 Bn by 2031, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.8% from 2024 to 2031.

Artificial Lift Systems Market Key Factors

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Growing oil & gas production across the globe and increasing number of mature oilfields boosts demand for artificial lift systems. Many large oilfields are now in the mature phase of production and require artificial lift systems to propel the oil towards the surface. The shift towards unconventional resources such as tight oil and shale gas that  require artificial lift techniques to produce the resources profitably can drive the growth of  artificial lift systems market. However, volatility in oil prices can hamper the market growth over the forecast period.

Market Driver: Declining Reservoir Pressures

As oil wells age and reservoirs deplete, reservoir pressures decline naturally over time, thus, making it harder to produce oil to the surface. With declining reservoir pressures, wells require artificial lift systems to supplement and replace the natural pressure and drive the oil out of the formation. Many mature oilfields around the world have been producing for decades and reservoir pressures have reduced significantly. While active management practices like water or gas injection can maintain pressure over the long run, artificial lift systems are critical tools for operators to continue extracting remaining reserves. By utilizing techniques like rod lift, ESP systems and progressing cavity pumps, production can be sustained even from reservoirs with very low pressures. This optimize the lifetime of fields and maximize ultimate oil recovery, which is important for field economics. As more and more mature oil basins globally reach later stages of their lifecycles, demand for artificial lift solutions will continue growing to address declining natural drives.

Market Concentration and Competitive Landscape

Artificial Lift Systems Market Concentration By Players

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Inclined and Horizontal Well Configurations

Along with conventional vertical wells, the oil and gas industry has witnessed rising popularity of directional and horizontal drilling in the last few decades. Both inclined and horizontal well setups have their distinct advantages for certain reservoirs and formations. However, these also introduce challenges from an artificial lift standpoint. The longer laterals of horizontal wells mean fluid must work against gravity as it flows upwards through longer sections. Similarly, at deeper inclined angles fluid mobility is reduced. This makes it more difficult for the formation's natural pressure to lift the fluids on its own. Thus, artificial lift becomes essential to effectively produce from wells with complex trajectories. The number of directional and horizontal wells being drilled has increased substantially worldwide. Various basins like the Permian, where tighter spacing and maximum drainage is important, have shifted heavily towards horizontal and directional drilling. With sophisticated steering tools enabling more complex well paths, artificial lift solutions tailored for inclined and horizontal wells have become an important tool. As unconventional resource plays and hard to recover reserves are increasingly tapped, deployment of artificial lift systems will be crucial to optimize production from wells with non-vertical boreholes.

Artificial Lift Systems Market Key Takeaways From Lead Analyst

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Market Challenge: Volatility in crude oil prices

One of the key challenges faced by the artificial lift systems market is volatility in oil prices. Drop in crude oil price affects investments in oil extraction, thus, affecting demand for artificial lift systems. Continuous technological advancements require high research and development spending from manufacturers, increased cost of which may squeeze profit margins. Regulatory norms pertaining to environmental compliance demand use of renewable energy sources for running artificial lift equipment. This leads to additional capital expenditure for oil producers.

Market Opportunity: Unconventional resources exploration

Global artificial lift systems market witness robust opportunities due to growing oil production activities. More oil wells undergoing maturity call for artificial lift mechanisms for enhanced extraction. Favorable government initiatives in major oil producing countries to increase oil output present a broad scope. Cost-efficient and environment-friendly technological innovations can help manufacturers capture additional share. Greater uptake of digitalization and automation solutions provide significant upside.

Artificial Lift Systems Market By Application

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Insights, By Application- Growing oil & gas exploration activities can drive offshore segment growth

Among application, offshore segment is estimated to contribute the highest market share owing 68.7% in 2024 due to increasing oil and gas exploration activities in offshore fields across the globe. As offshore oil wells has higher reservoir pressures as compared to onshore wells, artificial lift systems play a crucial role in efficiently extracting oil and gas from these reservoirs. Many leading oil producing countries such as the U.S., Brazil, Norway and Malaysia have made large investments in offshore exploration over the past decade, and this has boosted demand for various offshore artificial lift solutions.

Offshore operations present unique challenges such as harsh weather conditions, remote locations and water depth that require specialized equipment. Subsea pumps and modular pump systems are widely used as these can withstand high pressures and temperatures underwater. Multiphase pump technology has gained popularity as it can extract a mixture of oil, gas and water in one flow stream without separation. This has significantly boosted efficiency for mature offshore fields experiencing declining reservoir pressures. Moreover, permanent monitoring systems are commonly installed to remotely operate and maintain offshore artificial lift infrastructure throughout field life.

Another key factor propelling the offshore segment is increased production from deepwater and ultra-deepwater reserves. As explorers push the limits of drilling into frontier basins over 1,000 meters below sea level, sophisticated dynamic design pumps are needed to overcome extreme reservoir characteristics. Durable ESPs capable of operating beyond design limits witness huge demand for boosting production from deep offshore assets. Technologies like permanent downhole gauge (PDG) monitoring also aid reliable pump performance management in such inhospitable environments. The ongoing expansion of deepwater exploration areas will continue augmenting offshore artificial lift requirements.

Insights, By Component- Rising field depletion boosts demand for ESP pumps

Among component, the pump segment is estimated to contribute the highest share owing 37.4% in 2024 to the rising use of electric submersible pumps (ESPs) for artificial lift across mature oilfields undergoing depletion. As reservoirs age, fluid flows cannot be supported by natural reservoir pressures alone, thus,  ESPs play a key role in overcoming the effects of declining reservoir energies through artificial fluid pressurization using downhole motors. Their closed pumping system makes them apt for handling fluids with gas, solids and waxes.

A majority of older onshore oilfields in North America and the Middle East rely on ESPs for primary, secondary or tertiary recovery after substantial past production. As natural reservoir drive progressively decreases, ESPs enable efficient extraction of remaining oil by working closely with reservoir characteristics. This helps maximize the ultimate recovery from older assets and extend their economic lives. In addition, mature offshore reservoirs around Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America have boosted investments in ESP deployment plans to arrest production declines.

ESP manufacturers continually focus on improving motor, pump and seals designs to withstand harsh downhole conditions involving temperature, viscosity and presence of solids over long-term cyclic operations. The development of ESPs optimized for heavy, waxy or gassy oils has expanded their viability in difficult reservoirs. Technologies like permanent downhole motors equipped with sensors also aid remote monitoring and management of ESP performance. Such technological advances support higher efficiency and lower failure rates of ESPs over time. This significantly appeals reservoir operators facing challenges of field depletion.

Insights, By Lift Type- Heightened shale output boosts demand for electric submersible pumps

Among lift type, electric submersible pumps segment is estimated to contribute the highest market share due owing 29.5% in 2024 to rising application in prolific shale basins across North America and China. Shale reservoirs typically involve low permeability and require artificial lift much earlier during production lifecycle compared to conventional reservoirs. ESPs emerge as a primary selection owing to their versatility in handling multiphase flows and solids-laden fluids common to shale reservoirs.

In the U.S., shale formations like Bakken, Permian and Eagle Ford have mainly relied on ESPs to lift oil rapidly to surface from horizontal wellbores. As shale production escalated over the last decade, ESP manufacturers consistently upgraded product ranges to tackle unique challenges of shale like high solids content, scaling and wax deposition issues. Dedicated ESP models with advanced fluid handling, seal barrier systems and temperature rated pumps cater to highly deviated and extended reach wells.

China has also witnessed a shale boom led by massive government subsidies and increasing industrial utilization of domestic shale gas. Fields like Sichuan and Erdos basins apply ESPs on a large scale for continued resource exploitation from underground shale layers. Local ESP providers launched products customized for shale reservoirs involving low temperatures and complex geology.

Growing experimental extraction from overseas shale prospects in Argentina, Mexico and Poland will further augment long-term ESP demand. Manufacturers continuously enhance ESP research focusing on compact designs, power-dense motors and continuous weight-on-bit technology aligned with emerging shale reservoir characteristics. This cements the leadership of ESPs among artificial lift type for both established and newer shale plays globally.

Regional Insights

Artificial Lift Systems Market Regional Insights

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North America currently dominates the global artificial lift systems market owing 38.3% in 2024 to significant presence of mature oil and gas industry in the region. The U.S., in particular, has witnessed tremendous growth of shale oil and gas exploration activities over the past decade, thus, boosting demand for artificial lift solutions. Major oil producers have shown increased reliance on techniques like gas lift and pump systems to enhance production from complex shale reservoirs with declining natural reservoir pressures. Availability of advanced technologies and experienced workforce support high adoption of artificial lift systems in North American fields.

The artificial lift systems market is witnessing strong growth in the Asia Pacific region, primarily led by China. Growing energy needs coupled with stagnating conventional oil production have compelled Chinese operators to improve recovery from existing mature fields. This has resulted in rising deployment of artificial lift equipment across oil-heavy provinces. Countries like India and Indonesia are also emerging as high potential markets. Significant investments are being made for development of unconventional resources like tight oil and shale gas reserves in these nations. Rising exploration and production spending on difficult assets has made artificial lift mandatory, thus, driving the growth of market. Policy support for technology transfers and low-cost manufacturing are also contributing further to regional market growth.

Market Report Scope

Artificial Lift Systems Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2023 Market Size in 2024: US$ 8.46 Bn
Historical Data for: 2019 to 2023 Forecast Period: 2024 to 2031
Forecast Period 2024 to 2031 CAGR: 7.8% 2031 Value Projection: US$ 14.35 Bn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S., Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., France, Italy, Russia, Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa: GCC Countries, South Africa, Rest of Middle East & Africa
Segments covered:
  • By Application: Onshore  and Offshore
  • By Component: Pump, Motor, Cable System, Controller, Others
  • By Lift Type: Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR), Electric Submersible Pumps, Gas lift, Progressing Cavity Pumps, Jet pump, Others
  • By Mechanism: Pump Assisted  and Gas Assisted 
Companies covered:

GE Oil and Gas , John Crane Group , Baker Hughes Company , Apergy , Borets International , Schlumberger , Haliburton , Dover Corporation , AccessESP , Novomet , National Oil Well Varco Inc. , Weatherford , OILSERV , JJ Tech , Flotek Industries Inc. , Schlumberger , cairn Oil & Gas, Alkhorayeh Petroleum Services Limited 

Growth Drivers:
  • Declining Reservoir Pressures
  • Inclined and Horizontal Well Configurations 
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Volatility in crude oil prices
  • High initial investment costs

Key Developments

  • In February 2022, Upwing Magnetic Drive System (MDS) improves reliability by shielding sensitive electrical parts from harsh production fluids. These components are placed in the well's annulus during permanent completion, making deployment and maintenance easier using slickline technology.
  • In January 2022, Unbridled ESP Systems, a part of ChampionX, introduced the High Rise series pumps to reduce carbon emissions during ESP operations, mainly used in unconventional well-completion tasks
  • In August 2021, ChampionX Technologies introduced XSPOC production optimization software, aimed at enhancing efficiency in wells utilizing artificial lift methods
  • In April 2021, Energy and Power (E&P) companies could integrate Ambyint's production and artificial lift optimization apps seamlessly into their existing Microsoft Azure environments, thanks to Azure's deployment capabilities.
  • *Definition: Artificial Lift Systems Market refers to mechanical methods used to lift reservoir fluids and boost oil production output when natural reservoir pressures are insufficient. This includes electrical submersible pumps, progressing cavity pumps, gas lift, plunger lift and hydraulic pumps that are installed into active oil wells to artificially lift the resources to the surface to ensure maximum extraction of resources. Artificial lift systems help optimize production from mature oil and gas fields and boost ultimate recovery from reservoirs.

Market Segmentation

  • Application Insights (Revenue, USD BN, 2019 - 2031)
    • Onshore
    • Offshore
  •  Component Insights (Revenue, USD BN, 2019 - 2031)
    • Pump
    • Motor
    • Cable System
    • Controller
    • Others
  •  Lift Type Insights (Revenue, USD BN, 2019 - 2031)
    • Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR)
    • Electric Submersible Pumps
    • Gas lift
    • Progressing Cavity Pumps
    • Jet pump
    • Others
  •  Mechanism Insights (Revenue, USD BN, 2019 - 2031)
    • Pump Assisted
    • Gas Assisted
  • Regional Insights (Revenue, USD BN, 2019 - 2031)
    • North America
      • U.S.
      • Canada
    • Latin America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Mexico
      • Rest of Latin America
    • Europe
      • Germany
      • U.K.
      • France
      • Italy
      • Russia
      • Rest of Europe
    • Asia Pacific
      • China
      • India
      • Japan
      • Australia
      • South Korea
      • ASEAN
      • Rest of Asia Pacific
    • Middle East & Africa
      • GCC Countries
      • South Africa
      • Rest of Middle East & Africa
  • Key Players
    • GE Oil and Gas
    • John Crane Group
    • Baker Hughes Company
    • Apergy
    • Borets International
    • Schlumberger
    • Haliburton
    • Dover Corporation
    • AccessESP
    • Novomet
    • National Oil Well Varco Inc.
    • Weatherford
    • JJ Tech
    • Flotek Industries Inc.
    • Schlumberger
    • cairn Oil & Gas
    • Alkhorayeh Petroleum Services Limited

Frequently Asked Questions

The CAGR of global artificial lift systems market is projected to be 7.8% from 2024 to 2031.

Declining reservoir pressures and inclined and horizontal well configurations are the major factors driving the growth of global artificial lift systems market.

Volatility in crude oil prices and high initial investment costs are the major factors hampering the growth of global artificial lift systems market.

In terms of application, onshore segment is estimated to dominate the market in 2024.

GE Oil and Gas , John Crane Group , Baker Hughes Company , Apergy , Borets International , Schlumberger , Haliburton , Dover Corporation , AccessESP , Novomet , National Oil Well Varco Inc. , Weatherford , OILSERV , JJ Tech , Flotek Industries Inc. , Schlumberger , cairn Oil & Gas, Alkhorayeh Petroleum Services Limited  are the major players.

North America is expected to lead the global artificial lift systems market in 2024.

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