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24th Annual Directional Drilling Survey
ment are making their way to the market
and purchasing delays are generally
expected to slowly ease going into the
second half of the year. However, most
likely it will be well into 2023 before
these issues are more fully resolved.
Until then, frustration will continue to
plague the small rig drillers.
Another concern is
that the fi ber
installation market is beginning to " get
that Wild West feel again, " suggested a
West Coast contractor. " I've been around
for a while and remember back in the
late '90s during the fi rst big fi ber boom.
Everybody wanted a piece of the action
and contractors with no experience were
buying equipment and jumping into the
competition, causing lots of problems.
We're seeing that happen again. "
Indeed, concern over " Cowboy Contractors "
was raised by several survey
respondents citing incidents of new
contractors undercutt ing bids due to
inexperience.
Average Bore Length (in feet)
1,973
2,206
2,011
1,917 1,892
2017
1,000
1,500
2,000
2,500
789
636 679
500
Large rigs
Mid-sized rigs
688
703
378 381
379
381 379
Small rigs
2018
2019
2020
2021
" We've already been asked to complete
a job that somebody else started
but couldn't finish - they were in over
their heads, " pointed out this Southwest
contractor.
" Th e good news, " said a Northeast
contractor, " is that this time around most
owners are sold on HDD, so a bad experience
with an inexperienced contractor
won't sour them on HDD in general -
just contractors without experience! "
Big rig woes
With the exception of workforce, challenges
facing large rig contractors are
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