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North American Rotary Rig Counts

The U.S. rotary rig count from Baker Hughes was down 12 at 886 for the week of September 13. It is 169 rigs (16.0%) lower than last year.

The number of rotary rigs drilling for oil is down 5 to 733. There are 134 fewer rigs targeting oil than last year. Rigs drilling for oil are 82.7 percent of all drilling activity. 

Rigs targeting natural gas were down 7 at 153. The number of rigs drilling for gas is 33 lower than last year.

Year-over-year oil exploration in the U.S. is down 15.5 percent. Gas exploration is down 17.7 percent. The weekly average of crude oil spot price is 18.0 percent lower than last year and natural gas spot prices are 11.0 percent lower than last year. Daily crude oil and natural gas futures and spot prices are available on our site.

Canadian rig activity was down 13 at 134 for the week of September13, 2019 and is 92 (40.7%) lower than last year. Rigs targeting oil were down 9 at 93 and are 55 (37.2%) lower than last year. Gas directed rig count at 451 is down 3 for the week and is 37 rigs (47.7%) lower 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 take their holidays more serious than their counterparts in the U.S. and rig count drops.

North American Rig Count
Change
Percent Change

09/13/2019 09/06/2019 09/14/2018 Weekly Annual Weekly Annual
Total U.S. 886 898 1,055 (12) (169) -1.3% -16.0%
Offshore 26 28 20 (2) 6 -7.1% 30.0%
Land 860 870 1,035 (10) (175) -1.1% -16.9%
Inland Waters 0 0 5 0 (5) n.a. -100.0%
Oil 733 738 867 (5) (134) -0.7% -15.5%
Percent 82.7% 82.2% 82.2% 0.5% 0.6%

Gas 153 160 186 (7) (33) -4.4% -17.7%
Percent 17.3% 17.8% 17.6% -0.5% -0.4%

Directional 57 67 71 -10 -14 -14.9% -19.7%
Horizontal 776 783 921 -7 -145 -0.9% -15.7%
Vertical 53 48 63 5 -10 10.4% -15.9%
Gulf of Mexico 25 26 18 -1 7 -3.8% 38.9%
Gulf Oil 24 24 16 0 8 0.0% 50.0%
Percent 96.0% 92.3% 88.9% 3.7% 7.1%

Gulf Gas 1 2 2 -1 -1 -50.0% -50.0%
Percent 4.0% 7.7% 11.1% -3.7% -7.1%

Canada 134 147 226 (13) (92) -8.8% -40.7%
Oil 93 102 148 (9) (55) -8.8% -37.2%
Percent 69.4% 69.4% 65.5% 0.0% 3.9%

Gas 41 45 78 (4) (37) -8.9% -47.4%
Percent 30.6% 30.6% 34.5% -0.0% -3.9%

North America 1,020 1,045 1,281 (25) (261) -2.4% -20.4%
Prices






Oil $/bbl. $56.53 $55.72 $68.97 $0.81 ($12.44) 1.4% -18.0%
Oil $/mmbtu $9.75 $9.61 $11.89 $0.14 ($2.14) 1.4% -18.0%
Gas $/mmbtu $2.57 $2.44 $2.89 $0.14 ($0.32) 5.6% -11.0%

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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