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North American Rotary Rig Counts

The U.S. rotary rig count from Baker Hughes was down 4 at 1,071 for the week of December 14, 2018. It is 141 rigs (15.2%) higher than last year.

The number of rotary rigs drilling for oil is down 4 at 873. There are 126 more rigs targeting oil than last year. Rigs drilling for oil are 81.5 percent of all drilling activity. 

Rigs targeting natural gas were unchanged at 198. The number of rigs drilling for gas is18 higher than last year.

Year-over-year oil exploration in the U.S. is up  16.9 percent. Gas exploration is up 8.2 percent. The weekly average of crude oil spot price is 9.8 percent lower than last year and natural gas spot prices are 58.3 percent higher than last year. Daily crude oil and natural gas futures and spot prices are available on our site.

Canadian rig activity was down 12 at 174 for the week of December 14, 2018 and is 64 (26.9%) lower than last year. Rigs targeting oil were down 7 at 95 and are 39 (29.1%) higher than last year. Gas directed rig count at 79 was down 5 and is 25 rigs (24.0%) 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

12/14/2018 12/07/2018 12/15/2017 Weekly Annual Weekly Annual
Total U.S. 1,071 1,075 930 (4) 141 -0.4% 15.2%
Offshore 23 23 19 0 4 0.0% 21.1%
Land 1,048 1,052 911 (4) 137 -0.4% 15.0%
Inland Waters 3 2 2 1 1 50.0% 50.0%
Oil 873 877 747 (4) 126 -0.5% 16.9%
Percent 81.5% 81.6% 80.3% -0.1% 1.2%

Gas 198 198 183 0 15 0.0% 8.2%
Percent 18.5% 18.4% 19.7% 0.1% -1.2%

Directional 73 72 69 1 4 1.4% 5.8%
Horizontal 927 933 801 -6 126 -0.6% 15.7%
Vertical 71 70 60 1 11 1.4% 18.3%
Gulf of Mexico 23 23 19 0 4 0.0% 21.1%
Gulf Oil 19 18 15 1 4 5.6% 26.7%
Percent 82.6% 78.3% 78.9% 4.3% 3.7%

Gulf Gas 4 5 4 -1 0 -20.0% 0.0%
Percent 17.4% 21.7% 21.1% -4.3% -3.7%

Canada 174 186 238 (12) (64) -6.5% -26.9%
Oil 95 102 134 (7) (39) -6.9% -29.1%
Percent 54.6% 54.8% 56.3% -0.2% -1.7%

Gas 79 84 104 (5) (25) -6.0% -24.0%
Percent 45.4% 45.2% 43.7% 0.2% 1.7%

North America 1,245 1,261 1,168 (16) 77 -1.3% 6.6%
Prices






Oil $/bbl. $51.62 $52.69 $57.20 ($1.07) ($5.58) -2.0% -9.8%
Oil $/mmbtu $8.90 $9.08 $9.86 ($0.18) ($0.96) -2.0% -9.8%
Gas $/mmbtu $4.30 $4.42 $2.72 ($0.12) $1.58 -2.7% 58.3%
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Monthly: International Rig Counts

International rig count, which excludes the US and Canada, is down 26 to 991 for the month of November 2018 and is 49 rigs (5.2%) higher than last year's 942 rigs.

The number of rotary rigs targeting oil in November was 783 down 15 from October and is 63 (8.8%) higher than last year. International gas rigs were down 8 for the month at 179 and are 7 (3.8%) lower than last year. Miscellaneous or unclassified rigs at 29 are down 3 for the month and 7 from last year.

International Rig Count Change
Percent Change


November 2018 October 2018 November 2017 Monthly Annual Monthly Annual
International Oil 783 798 720 -15 63 -1.9% 8.8%

Gas 179 187 186 -8 -7 -4.3% -3.8%

Misc. 29 32 36 -3 -7 -9.4% -19.4%

Total 991 1017 942 -26 49 -2.6% 5.2%
Europe Oil 53 58 52 -5 1 -8.6% 1.9%

Gas 17 18 15 -1 2 -5.6% 13.3%

Misc. 13 16 18 -3 -5 -18.8% -27.8%

Total 83 92 85 -9 -2 -9.8% -2.4%
Middle East Oil 304 310 290 -6 14 -1.9% 4.8%

Gas 90 93 88 -3 2 -3.2% 2.3%

Misc. 0 1 0 -1 0 -100.0% N.A.

Total 394 404 378 -10 16 -2.5% 4.2%
Africa Oil 82 87 59 -5 23 -5.7% 39.0%

Gas 12 13 19 -1 -7 -7.7% -36.8%

Misc. 9 7 7 2 2 28.6% 28.6%

Total 103 107 85 -4 18 -3.7% 21.2%
Latin America Oil 170 173 159 -3 11 -1.7% 6.9%

Gas 19 20 21 -1 -2 -5.0% -9.5%

Misc. 0 0 1 0 -1 N.A. -100.0%

Total 189 193 181 -4 8 -2.1% 4.4%
Asian Pacific Oil 174 170 160 4 14 2.4% 8.8%

Gas 41 43 43 -2 -2 -4.7% -4.7%

Misc. 7 8 10 -1 -3 -12.5% -30.0%

Total 222 221 213 1 9 0.5% 4.2%

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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