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North American Rotary Rig Counts

The U.S. rotary rig count from Baker Hughes was unchanged at 1,075 for the week of January 11, 2019. It is 136 rigs (14.5%) higher than last year.

The number of rotary rigs drilling for oil is down 4 at 873. There are 121 more rigs targeting oil than last year. Rigs drilling for oil are 81.2 percent of all drilling activity. 

Rigs targeting natural gas were up 4 at 202. The number of rigs drilling for gas is 15 higher than last year.

Year-over-year oil exploration in the U.S. is up 16.2 percent. Gas exploration is up 8.0 percent. The weekly average of crude oil spot price is 19.7 percent lower than last year and natural gas spot prices are 7.9 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 108 at 184 for the week of January 11, 2019 and is 82 (33.3%) lower than last year. Rigs targeting oil were up 83 at 103 and are 82 (44.3%) lower than last year. Gas directed rig count at 81 was up 25 and is 10 rigs (11.0%) 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.

North American Rig Count
Change
Percent Change

01/11/2019 01/04/2019 01/12/2018 Weekly Annual Weekly Annual
Total U.S. 1,075 1,075 939 0 136 0.0% 14.5%
Offshore 21 22 19 (1) 2 -4.5% 10.5%
Land 1,054 1,053 920 1 134 0.1% 14.6%
Inland Waters 2 3 1 (1) 1 -33.3% 100.0%
Oil 873 877 752 (4) 121 -0.5% 16.1%
Percent 81.2% 81.6% 80.1% -0.4% 1.1%

Gas 202 198 187 4 15 2.0% 8.0%
Percent 18.8% 18.4% 19.9% 0.4% -1.1%

Directional 62 66 72 -4 -10 -6.1% -13.9%
Horizontal 948 945 805 3 143 0.3% 17.8%
Vertical 65 64 62 1 3 1.6% 4.8%
Gulf of Mexico 21 22 19 -1 2 -4.5% 10.5%
Gulf Oil 17 18 16 -1 1 -5.6% 6.3%
Percent 81.0% 81.8% 84.2% -0.9% -3.3%

Gulf Gas 4 4 3 0 1 0.0% 33.3%
Percent 19.0% 18.2% 15.8% 0.9% 3.3%

Canada 184 76 276 108 (92) 142.1% -33.3%
Oil 103 20 185 83 (82) 415.0% -44.3%
Percent 56.0% 26.3% 67.0% 29.7% -11.1%

Gas 81 56 91 25 (10) 44.6% -11.0%
Percent 44.0% 73.7% 33.0% -29.7% 11.1%

North America 1,259 1,151 1,215 108 44 9.4% 3.6%
Prices






Oil $/bbl. $50.79 $46.76 $63.26 $4.03 ($12.47) 8.6% -19.7%
Oil $/mmbtu $8.76 $8.06 $10.91 $0.69 ($2.15) 8.6% -19.7%
Gas $/mmbtu $2.97 $2.97 $3.22 ($0.00) ($0.26) -0.1% -7.9%
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Monthly: International Rig Counts

International rig count, which excludes the US and Canada, is up 34 to 1,025 for the month of December 2018 and is 71 rigs (7.4%) higher than last year's 954 rigs.

The number of rotary rigs targeting oil in December was 806 up 23 from November and is 76 (10.4%) higher than last year. International gas rigs were up 10 for the month at 189 and are at the same level as last year. Miscellaneous or unclassified rigs at 30 are up 1 for the month and 5 lower than last year.

International Rig Count
Monthly
Annual


Dec-2018 Nov-2018 Dec-2017 Change Percent Change Percent
Total Oil 806 783 730 23 2.9% 76 10.4%

Gas 189 179 189 10 5.6% 0 0.0%

Misc 30 29 35 1 3.4% -5 -14.3%

Total 1025 991 954 34 3.4% 71 7.4%
Europe Oil 64 53 52 11 20.8% 12 23.1%

Gas 18 17 17 1 5.9% 1 5.9%

Mis 13 13 18 0 0.0% -5 -27.8%

Total 95 83 87 12 14.5% 8 9.2%
Middle East Oil 305 304 286 1 0.3% 19 6.6%

Gas 88 90 92 -2 -2.2% -4 -4.3%

Mis 1 0 0 1 N.A. 1 N.A.

Total 394 394 378 0 0.0% 16 4.2%
Africa Oil 87 82 52 5 6.1% 35 67.3%

Gas 12 12 18 0 0.0% -6 -33.3%

Mis 9 9 7 0 0.0% 2 28.6%

Total 108 103 77 5 4.9% 31 40.3%
Latin America Oil 177 170 175 7 4.1% 2 1.1%

Gas 20 19 20 1 5.3% 0 0.0%

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

Total 197 189 195 8 4.2% 2 1.0%
Asia Pacific Oil 173 174 165 -1 -0.6% 8 4.8%

Gas 51 41 42 10 24.4% 9 21.4%

Mis 7 7 10 0 0.0% -3 -30.0%

Total 231 222 217 9 4.1% 14 6.5%

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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World Rig Count Foreign Rig Count
Workover Rig Count
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