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24TH ANNUAL
DIRECTIONAL DRILLING SURVEY
HDD 2022: A Market of Feast
and Famine
Robert Carpenter | Editor-in-Chief
While never a simple market, the past
two years have seen the complexity of
horizontal directional drilling (HDD)
reach new levels, due to both anticipated
and unexpected problems.
For contractors, navigating the world
of HDD, 2022 offers a mix of rewards,
frustrations and lost opportunities. Yet,
most contractors believe they will be able
to successfully ride the waves in this ocean
of contrasting turbulence and bounty.
The 24th Annual Underground Con31.0
30
28.4
25.9
25
20
15
13.2
12.7 12.9
12.3
10
5
12.5
9.0 8.9 9.0
9.6 9.5
9.8 9.9
7.6
6.0
4.0
2.0 1.9
Telecommunications
Water
Gas distribution
Electric transmission/
distribution
1.8
Sewer
Oil/gas transmission
2.2 2.4
3.0 2.7
3.1
2.7
2.2
24.3
24.7
2018
2019
2020
2021
2022
Estimated
struction HDD Survey brought not only
answers to key questions, but a strong
expression of emotions, concerns and
excitement about the state of the HDD
industry. The
research reflects the
incredible versatility of HDD, which
never ceases to amaze.
The exclusive Underground Construction
industry survey was conducted
during March and April. It polled contractors
and utilities that actively own
and operate HDD units to enable a statistical
portrayal of a technology that
has forever changed the face of utility
and pipeline construction.
Dichotomy
The markets for small rigs versus large
rigs could not be more different. The
larger rigs have historically relied heavily
on energy pipeline construction, which
flattened out in 2021, while the small rig
market is driven by the white-hot fiberto-the-premises
business.
Primary HDD Markets (% of total)
19.919.8 19.920.220.3
18.8
19.4 19.8
18.6
18.1
Wind/solar
Other
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