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North American Rotary Rig Counts

The U.S. rotary rig count from Baker Hughes was up 15 at 796 for the week of January 17, 2020. It is 254 rigs (24.2%) lower than last year.

The number of rotary rigs drilling for oil is up 14 to 673. There are 179 fewer rigs targeting oil than last year. Rigs drilling for oil are 84.5 percent of all drilling activity. 

Rigs targeting natural gas were up 1  at 120. The number of rigs drilling for gas is 78 lower than last year.

Year-over-year oil exploration in the U.S. is down 21.0 percent. Gas exploration is down 39.4 percent. The weekly average of crude oil spot price is 17.7 percent higher than last year and natural gas spot prices are 37.1 percent lower than last year. Daily crude oil and natural gas futures and spot prices are available on our site.

Canadian rig activity was up 41 at 244 for the week of January 17, 2020 and is 35 (16.7%) higher than last year. Rigs targeting oil were up 32 at 152 and are 24 (18.8%) higher than last year. Gas directed rig count at 92 is up 9 for the week and is 11 rigs (13.6%) higher than last year. Canadian drilling falls rapidly in the spring to avoid environmental damage moving drilling equipment during the spring thaw and rainy season. With large weather related seasonal swings, even year-over-year comparisons can lead to incorrect conclusions. Also, Canadians seem to take their holidays more serious than their counterparts in the U.S. and rig count drops.

North American Rig Count
Change
Percent Change

01/17/2020 01/10/2020 01/18/2019 Weekly Annual Weekly Annual
Total U.S. 796 781 1,050 15 (254) 1.9% -24.2%
Offshore 20 21 19 (1) 1 -4.8% 5.3%
Land 776 760 1,031 16 (255) 2.1% -24.7%
Inland Waters 1 1 2 0 (1) 0.0% -50.0%
Oil 673 659 852 14 (179) 2.1% -21.0%
Percent 84.5% 84.4% 81.1% 0.2% 3.4%

Gas 120 119 198 1 (78) 0.8% -39.4%
Percent 15.1% 15.2% 18.9% -0.2% -3.8%

Miscellaneous 3 3 0 0 3

Percent 0.4% 0.4% 0.0% -0.0% 0.4%

Directional 44 45 55 -1 -11 -2.2% -20.0%
Horizontal 709 698 929 11 -220 1.6% -23.7%
Vertical 43 38 66 5 -23 13.2% -34.8%
Gulf of Mexico 20 21 19 -1 1 -4.8% 5.3%
Gulf Oil 19 20 15 -1 4 -5.0% 26.7%
Percent 95.0% 95.2% 78.9% -0.2% 16.1%

Gulf Gas 1 1 4 0 -3 0.0% -75.0%
Percent 5.0% 4.8% 21.1% 0.2% -16.1%

Canada 244 203 209 41 35 20.2% 16.7%
Oil 152 120 128 32 24 26.7% 18.8%
Percent 62.3% 59.1% 61.2% 3.2% 1.1%

Gas 92 83 81 9 11 10.8% 13.6%
Percent 37.7% 40.9% 38.8% -3.2% -1.1%

North America 1,040 984 1,259 56 (219) 5.7% -17.4%
Prices






Oil $/bbl. $58.21 $60.82 $52.14 ($2.61) $6.07 -4.3% 11.7%
Oil $/mmbtu $10.04 $10.49 $8.99 ($0.45) $1.05 -4.3% 11.7%
Gas $/mmbtu $2.18 $2.16 $3.47 $0.02 ($1.29) 1.0% -37.1%

Monthly: International Rig Counts

International rig count, which excludes the US and Canada, is up 12 to 1,039 for the month of March 2019 and is 67 rigs (6.9%) higher than last year's 972 rigs.

The number of rotary rigs targeting oil in March was 824 up 7 from February and is 71 (9.4%) higher than last year. International gas rigs were up 2 for the month at 187 and are 1 higher than last year. Miscellaneous or unclassified rigs at 28 are up 3 for the month and are 5 lower than last year.

International Rig Count
Monthly
Annual


Mar-2019 Feb-2019 Mar-2018 Change Percent Change Percent
Total Oil 824 817 753 7 0.9% 71 9.4%

Gas 187 185 186 2 1.1% 1 0.5%

Misc 28 25 33 3 12.0% -5 -15.2%

Total 1039 1027 972 12 1.2% 67 6.9%
Europe Oil 65 64 55 1 1.6% 10 18.2%

Gas 18 19 16 -1 -5.3% 2 12.5%

Mis 12 11 18 1 9.1% -6 -33.3%

Total 95 94 89 1 1.1% 6 6.7%
Middle East Oil 309 317 301 -8 -2.5% 8 2.7%

Gas 86 81 96 5 6.2% -10 -10.4%

Mis 0 0 0 0 N.A. 0 N.A.

Total 395 398 397 -3 -0.8% -2 -0.5%
Africa Oil 104 91 67 13 14.3% 37 55.2%

Gas 14 14 15 0 0.0% -1 -6.7%

Mis 9 8 7 1 12.5% 2 28.6%

Total 127 113 89 14 12.4% 38 42.7%
Latin America Oil 166 162 175 4 2.5% -9 -5.1%

Gas 22 20 18 2 10.0% 4 22.2%

Mis 0 0 0 0 N.A. 0 N.A.

Total 188 182 193 6 3.3% -5 -2.6%
Asia Pacific Oil 180 183 155 -3 -1.6% 25 16.1%

Gas 47 51 41 -4 -7.8% 6 14.6%

Mis 7 6 8 1 16.7% -1 -12.5%

Total 234 240 204 -6 -2.5% 30 14.7%

The Rig Count page will be updated as the data becomes available. US rotary and Canadian rig counts are updated weekly.  International, world and workover rig counts are updated mid month.  The oil price shown in all long term graphs and all but the short term graph of US and Canadian rotary rig counts is US average wellhead price. The price in the short term US and Canadian rotary rig count graphs is WTI spot.




Rotary Rig Count
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Rotary Rig
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