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22nd Annual Directional Drilling Survey
on the table [bid pricing], but they are
not up-to-speed on safe practices. Cross
bores are enough of a problem without

these new guys poking holes everywhere."
Disposal of drilling fluid remains a
major issue for many contractors and was

For your next rig purchase, what size do you anticipate buying?
50

40

50.0%
40.5%

30

20

10

9.5%
Mini
(under 40,000
pounds/pullback)

Mid
(40,000-100,000
pounds/pullback)

Large
(more than 100,000
pounds/pullback)

again referenced frequently in the survey
comments. "It really drives up the cost of
a job," said a West Coast contractor.
"It seems like states are listening
more to environmentalists than to
the facts about mud and how we treat
it," complained a contractor from the
Southeast.
Mud/fluids mixing, cleaning, recycling
and reclaiming equipment continue
to gain an essential role on all sizes
of projects. This is a direct response
to more diverse and intense demands
from contractors, as their mud disposal
challenges are only becoming greater.
The average age of a contractor's HDD
rig fleet increased a little in 2019. The
percent of rigs 10 years or older was 13.7
percent, compared to 13.2 percent in
2018. About 26 percent of rigs are five to
10 years old, 34.6 percent are two to five

HDD Units Manufactured and Sold (world-wide)
3,000

2640
2570

2525

2519

2,500

2670
2597

2451
2355
2233
2096
2032

2,000

1905

1690

1,500
1411

1,000

1045

1052

500

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