Schlumberger CEO Says Smaller Services Cos to Fold or Merge

Chief Executive Andrew Gould of oilfield services giant Schlumberger predicts that further consolidation in the services industry, as well as the fall of smaller U.S. rivals, is likely to occur in the year ahead, according to a report by Dow Jones Newswires.

"There will be even more consolidation of smaller services companies in the U.S., if not mortality for some, as some will just not be able to service their debts," Gould said at the Offshore Europe conference in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Gould cited the cancellation or delaying of industry projects, which has made capital less readily available, as one of the primary challenges the oilfield services sector has faced during 2009.