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Downhole Tractor Market

Downhole Tractor Market By Configuration Type (2 Drive, 3 Drive, 4 Drive), Application (Well Intervention, Fishing, Water Borewell), Force (Upto 250 Lbf, 250 to 500 Lbf), & Region - Forecast 2021–2031

Downhole Tractor Market By Configuration Type (2 Drive, 3 Drive, 4 Drive), Application (Well Intervention, Fishing, Water Borewell), Force (Upto 250 Lbf, 250 to 500 Lbf), & Region - Forecast 2021–2031

Downhole Tractor Market - Analysis, Outlook, Growth, Trends, Forecasts

About the Report

Downhole tractors are essential to the well intervention process as they can be integrated with a broad list of application tools. Downhole tractors have attracted considerable popularity over the past couple of decades since their introduction in the late 1990’s and the trend is expected to persist over the forecast period. Moreover, as newer technologies are being integrated with downhole tractors, the adoption of the same is projected to witness a steady growth during the forecast period.

In its new study, ESOMAR-certified market research and consulting firm Future Market Insights (FMI) offers insights about key factors driving demand for downhole tractor. The report tracks the global sales of downhole tractor in 20+ high-growth markets, along with analyzing the impact COVID-19 has had on the end use industries in general, and downhole tractor in particular.

What is the Future Outlook for Downhole Tractors Market in Comparison to Historical Pattern of Growth?

Till date there are approximately 5,000 subsea wells distributed all over the globe, along with many more being drilled each day. Several wells are more than a decade old and hence requires maintenance via various well intervention techniques. Well intervention offers the solution to extend the productive life of wells and for the repair of underperforming and damaged wells.

Oil and gas companies around the world are continuously developing new functionalities and developments for downhole tractors to be used in a wide range of applications. Production logging, fishing, and seismology are some of the technologies that can be integrated with a downhole tractor to be used in either deviated or horizontal well bores.

Well intervention including production logging and pipe inspection and maintenance and Seismology can be considered as a major application of downhole tractors. They also have proven to be efficient, light, agile, and an economic solution against conventional techniques. Downhole tractors provide various advantages over issues such as gravity feeds or slickline deployment, or large and complex designs of coiled tubing.

Seismology and well logging tools integrated with downhole tractors provide new opportunities for explorations. New investments in global oil and gas projects are likely to give impetus to the market. Increasing oil production investments in the offshore areas of UK and Norway as well as Kazakhstan and Russia is expected to create opportunities for the downhole tractor market.

According to FMI’s analysis, downhole tractor sales have grown at 2.2% CAGR between 2016 and 2020.

The demand for downhole tractor is rising and the well intervention application segment is gaining momentum in countries such as the U.S. and countries in North Africa such as Sudan, Libya and Algeria. Owing to the ongoing crisis caused by COVID-19 pandemic, production and supply chain activities have seen a minor slump yet the consumption will improve with the economic recovery post the containment of the pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused severe impact on the global economy at various levels and the impact is felt by the energy industry as well.  Considering this, growth of the market also is projected to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic crisis owing to project delays and cancellations. With a number of end users affected in regions like North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, the supply and shortage in demand are expected to result in a significant drop in Y-O-Y growth yet FMI expects global downhole tractor market to grow at 4.9% CAGR through 2031.

What is the Commercial Potential of Downhole Tractors?

The demand for downhole tractor is increasing due to its higher adoption rate and increasing applications in production logging and pipe inspection and cleaning. These factors are helping the market gain momentum in countries such as the U.S. and in the MENA region. The demand for 500 to 1,000 lbf pull force downhole tractor for onshore applications is considerably high in the Americas, East Asia, and the Middle East and Africa, whereas higher pull forces are preferred in Europe and South Asia and Pacific.

Globally, higher investments for oil and gas projects and rise in number of subsea explorations are some of the key factors enabling growth. Additionally, increasing focus on well intervention technologies across the globe is expected to boost the demand in the coming future.

How is Technology Development by Key Players Affecting Downhole Traction Application?

The demand for downhole tractors is increasing at consistent pace, thanks to technology developments undertaken by some of the leading players. The advent of novel technologies also is helping the market expand its footprint by offering newer products with better features. Rising number of integrated technologies and product enhancements is helping the market gain traction.

Driven by these development, the adoption of downhole tractor is increasing for high capacity projects. In order to keep pace with changing needs, some of the leading players are focusing on product innovation and launches. For instance, in 2018, Schlumberger announced the release of the UltraTRAC All-Terrain wireline tractor which enables to convey large payloads in challenging downhole conditions across high angles wells. The tractor system provides a feature of logging while tractoring functionality to obtain data in both up and down passes.

Country-wise Insights

How Large is the Opportunity in the U.S.?

FMI has projected the U.S. to remain one of the most lucrative markets throughout the course of the forecast period. The key factor supporting market expansion is US’s high production and consumption of oil. The oil production output increased by 14% from 2017 to 2018.

Horizontal drilling activities for oil and gas which comprises 85% of U.S.’s supply will stay essential in the upward trend for the oil and gas industry. Since downhole tractors form a crucial part in horizontal wells, growth of downhole tractors is imminent. However, President Biden’s regulations regarding a transition from fossil fuels towards electric mobility can restrain the growth of the downhole tractor market.

How are the Market Projections in Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Arabia accounts for 18% of the world’s petroleum reserves and holds a rank of the top exporter of petroleum. The oil and gas industry in Saudi Arabia accounts for approximately half of its GDP and 85% of its export earnings. Saudi Aramco, one of the leading public petroleum and natural gas companies in Saudi Arabia was awarded Baker Hughes, a stimulation and well testing contract in 2018.

The contract covered optimizing production across existing as well as new wells across the nation. The 3-year contract expected to lapse in 2021, delivered a comprehensive list of well services including wireline logging, stimulation, well testing and associated well services, thereby presenting growth opportunities for the downhole tractors market.  

What are the market prospects in Norway?

Although Norway is a small player in the global oil and gas market with production of almost 2% of the global demand, however, as an exporter, Norway is a significant country in the energy sector lagging behind Russia and Qatar only. In November 2019, 3 major players in the well intervention market namely Aker BP, Schlumberger and StimWell Services formed a strategic alliance for well intervention and stimulation activities in Norway.

The strategic alliance focused on transforming conventional intervention operations with targets of propelling existing oil wells in the Norwegian Continental shelf. Schlumberger provided services for wireline logging, perforation and well stimulation via electrical and digital downhole tractors, coiled tubing on Aker BP’s installations coupled with StimWell’s vessel-based stimulation services. Norway has a high demand for intervention services for overcoming challenges and realizing full well life and production thereby driving the market for downhole tractors.

What factors are influencing the market growth in the United Kingdom?

According to the Oil and Gas Authority (2018), almost 7,000 wells were drilled on the UK continental shelf, out of which 2,700 were deemed active and 32% of them were subsea wells. Subsea well intervention costs at least 54% of the total expenditure of the total well intervention costs. This issue was due to the lack of data from well surveillance. Baker Hughes, also stated that the data gap was preventing UK to unlock more reserves. Therefore, UK has a high demand for economical and efficient well intervention tools, for instance, downhole tractors to ensure high-quality data logging and maintenance.

Category-wise Insights

Why Production Logging Within Well Intervention Solutions Hold Higher % Share?

Projected to account for over 30% of the overall share through the forecast period, production logging continues to account for bulk of demand for downhole tractor. Production logging covers a variety of services including cement monitoring, corrosion monitoring or detection of formation fluid contracts.

Production logging also helps diagnose problems such as leaks or cross flow. Moreover, in the near future, it is expected that the scope of production logging can be extended to enhancing inflow profiling in deepwater reserves, which will further augment demand for downhole tractor.

Why Does Seismology Segment Have a Higher Growth Rate?

Seismology plays an essential role in the oil and gas industry as it maps anomalies and formations to predict hidden storage of oil and gas within exploration activities. Most of the oilfields in Russian and CIS countries have had issues in increasing watercuts, decreasing productivity and injectivity.

Wave simulation activities via acoustic, seismic or other types of waves, is one of the way in maximizing production. The impact of seismic well stimulation can help on well improvement, restoration and oil displacement. As seismology helps in both exploration and intervention activities, it is expected to witness a high growth rate.

Which Configuration and Force are Highly Sought-after for Downhole Tractors?

While 2 drive downhole tractors currently exhibit higher application, over the course of the forecast period the 4 drive downhole tractions are likely to emerge at the fore. In terms of force, higher capacity downhole tractors witness greater demand. FMI has forecast the 500 to 1,000 lbf segment to continue leading the market on the basis of force.

Competitive Landscape

The global downhole tractor market is largely dominated by established players, occupying a market revenue share of more than three-fourth of the market share. Some of the players are focusing to carve a niche for specific demography. The global market for comprises some large scale and middle scale manufacturers focusing on product innovation and high end technology development.

Key industry participants are investing in strategic alliances and partnerships to gain a competitive advantage in the evolving global market. These partnerships allow companies to strengthen their technical expertise with improved production capacity. Also, the technical collaboration of industry participants is estimated to contribute to growth in the oil and gas intervention projects.

For instance, in 2018, Saudi Aramco, one of the leading public petroleum and natural gas company in Saudi Arabia awarded Baker Hughes a stimulation and well testing contract in 2018. The contract included optimizing production across existing as well as new wells across the nation.

In November 2019, 3 major players in the well intervention market namely Aker BP, Schlumberger and StimWell Services formed a strategic alliance for well intervention and stimulation activities in Norway.

Some of the leading companies operating in the market are:

  • Halliburton
  • Schlumberger
  • Aker Solutions
  • WWT International
  • Expro Group
  • Baker Hughes GE
  • ALTUS Intervention
  • Hunting Plc

*The list is not exhaustive, and only for representational purposes. Full competitive intelligence with SWOT analysis available in the report.

Scope of the Report



Forecast Period


Historical Data Available for


Market Analysis

USD Million for value and Units for Volume

Key Regions Covered

North America, Latin America, Europe, East Asia, APEJ, Japan, Middle East & Africa

Key Countries Covered

US, Canada, Germany, U.K., France, Italy, Spain, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, GCC Countries, Turkey, Northern Africa, South Africa

Key Segments Covered

Product Type, Capacity, Outlet Pressure, End Use, and Region

Key Companies Profiled

  • Halliburton
  • Schlumberger
  • Aker Solutions
  • WWT International
  • Expro Group
  • Baker Hughes GE
  • ALTUS Intervention
  • Hunting Plc

Report Coverage

Market Forecast, brand share analysis, competition intelligence, DROT analysis, Market Dynamics and Challenges, Strategic Growth Initiatives

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Key Segments

By Configuration

  • 2 Drive
  • 3 Drive
  • 4 Drive
  • 4 Drive Tandem
  • 6 Drive Tandem
  • 8 Drive Tandem

By Force

  • Up to 250 lbf
  • 250 to 500 lbf
  • 500 to 1,000 lbf
  • 1,000 to 2,000 lbf
  • 2,000 to 3,500 lbf

By Application

  • Well Intervention
    • Production Logging
    • Pipe Inspection and Cleaning
  • Fishing
  • Seismology
  • Water Borewell


  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • East Asia
  • South Asia & Pacific
  • Middle East and Africa (MEA)

Key Questions Answered in the Report

Which is the most lucrative market for downhole tractor?

The Middle East and Africa currently lead the global market for the downhole tractor. Sales in Japan will be over 20% of total demand throughout the forecast period.
500 to 1,000 lbf pull force downhole tractors are highly sought-after for many end-users. The demand for 500 to 1,000 lbf pull force downhole tractors is expected to remain high in the near future.
Well, intervention services are widely integrated with downhole tractors. Production logging and pipe inspection tools with downhole tractors are expanding substantially.
Some of the leading companies manufacturing downhole tractor are Halliburton, Schlumberger, Hunting Plc, Aker Solutions etc.

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