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North American Rotary Rig Counts

The U.S. rotary rig count from Baker Hughes was up 12 at 372 for the week of January 15, 2021. It is 423 rigs (53.1%) lower than last year.

The number of rotary rigs drilling for oil is up 12 to 287. There are 386 fewer rigs targeting oil than last year. Rigs drilling for oil are 76.9 percent of all drilling activity. 

Rigs targeting natural gas were up 1 at 85. The number of rigs drilling for gas is 35 lower than last year.

Unspecified or miscellaneous rig count is unchanged at 1 rig compared with 3 last year.

Year-over-year oil exploration in the U.S. is down 57.4 percent. Gas exploration is down 29.2 percent. The weekly average of crude oil spot price is 9.1 percent lower than last year and natural gas spot prices are 29.3 percent higher than last year. Daily crude oil and natural gas futures and spot prices are available on our site.

Canadian rig activity was up 44 at 63 for the week of January 15, 2021 and is 83 (34.0%) lower than last year. Rigs targeting oil were up 37 at 90 and are 62 (40.8%) lower than last year. Gas directed rig count at 71 is up 7 for the week and is 21 (22.8%) 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 seem to take their holidays more serious than their counterparts in the U.S. and rig count usually drops near holidays.

North American Rig Count
Change
Percent Change

01/15/2021 01/08/2021 01/17/2020 Weekly Annual Weekly Annual
Total U.S. 373 360 796 13 (423) 3.6% -53.1%
Offshore 16 17 20 (1) (4) -5.9% -20.0%
Land 357 343 776 14 (419) 4.1% -54.0%
Inland Waters 3 2 1 1 2 50.0% 200.0%
Oil 287 275 673 12 (386) 4.4% -57.4%
Percent 76.9% 76.4% 84.5% 0.6% -7.6%

Gas 85 84 120 1 (35) 1.2% -29.2%
Percent 22.8% 23.3% 15.1% -0.5% 7.7%

Miscellaneous 1 1 3 0 (2)

Percent 0.3% 0.3% 0.4% -0.0% -0.1%

Directional 22 22 44 0 -22 0.0% -50.0%
Horizontal 332 320 709 12 -377 3.8% -53.2%
Vertical 19 18 43 1 -24 5.6% -55.8%
Gulf of Mexico 16 17 20 -1 -4 -5.9% -20.0%
Gulf Oil 16 17 19 -1 -3 -5.9% -15.8%
Percent 100.0% 100.0% 95.0% 0.0% 5.0%

Gulf Gas 0 0 1 0 -1 n.a. -100.0%
Percent 0.0% 0.0% 5.0% 0.0% -5.0%

Canada 161 117 244 44 (83) 37.6% -34.0%
Oil 90 53 152 37 (62) 69.8% -40.8%
Percent 55.9% 45.3% 62.3% 10.6% -6.4%

Gas 71 64 92 7 (21) 10.9% -22.8%
Percent 44.1% 54.7% 37.7% -10.6% 6.4%

North America 534 477 1,040 57 (506) 11.9% -48.7%
Prices






Oil $/bbl. $52.99 $50.35 $58.26 $2.64 ($5.28) 5.2% -9.1%
Oil $/mmbtu $9.14 $8.68 $10.05 $0.45 ($0.91) 5.2% -9.1%
Gas $/mmbtu $2.73 $2.68 $2.11 $0.06 $0.62 2.1% 29.3%

Monthly: International Rig Counts

International rig count, which excludes the US and Canada, is down 4 to 665 for the month of December 2020 and is 439 rigs (39.8%) lower than last year's 1,104 rigs.

The number of rotary rigs targeting oil in December was 490 down 8 from November and is 334 (40.5%) lower than last year. International gas rigs were up 8 for the month at 144 and are 97 (40.2%) lower than last year. Miscellaneous or unclassified rigs at 31 are down 4 for the month and are 8 lower than last year.

International Rig Count Change
Percent Change


Dec-2020 Nov-2020 Dec-2019 Monthly Annual Monthly Annual
International Oil 490 498 824 -8 -334 -1.6% -40.5%

Gas 144 136 241 8 -97 5.9% -40.2%

Misc. 31 35 39 -4 -8 -11.4% -20.5%

Total 665 669 1104 -4 -439 -0.6% -39.8%
Europe Oil 45 48 70 -3 -25 -6.3% -35.7%

Gas 39 39 60 0 -21 0.0% -35.0%

Misc. 13 15 9 -2 4 -13.3% 44.4%

Total 97 102 139 -5 -42 -4.9% -30.2%
Middle East Oil 185 187 319 -2 -134 -1.1% -42.0%

Gas 57 51 106 6 -49 11.8% -46.2%

Misc. 0 1 5 -1 -5 -100.0% -100.0%

Total 242 239 430 3 -188 1.3% -43.7%
Africa Oil 42 49 99 -7 -57 -14.3% -57.6%

Gas 6 6 13 0 -7 0.0% -53.8%

Misc. 5 8 6 -3 -1 -37.5% -16.7%

Total 53 63 118 -10 -65 -15.9% -55.1%
Latin America Oil 95 89 173 6 -78 6.7% -45.1%

Gas 14 12 17 2 -3 16.7% -17.6%

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

Total 109 101 191 8 -82 7.9% -42.9%
Asian Pacific Oil 123 125 163 -2 -40 -1.6% -24.5%

Gas 28 28 45 0 -17 0.0% -37.8%

Misc. 13 11 18 2 -5 18.2% -27.8%

Total 164 164 226 0 -62 0.0% -27.4%


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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Rotary Rig
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World Rig Count Foreign Rig Count
Workover Rig Count
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Workover Rig Count
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