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North American Rotary Rig Counts

The U.S. rotary rig count from Baker Hughes was up 4 at 1,067 for the week of October 19, 2018. It is 154 rigs (16.9%) higher than last year.

The number of rotary rigs drilling for oil is up 4 at 873. There are 137 more rigs targeting oil than last year. Rigs drilling for oil are 81.8 percent of all drilling activity. 

Rigs targeting natural gas were up 1 at 194. The number of rigs drilling for gas is 17 higher than year.

Year-over-year oil exploration in the U.S. is up 18.6 percent. Gas exploration is up 9.6%. The weekly average of crude oil spot price is 37.3 percent higher last year and natural gas spot prices are 16.5 percent high than last year. Daily crude oil and natural gas futures and spot prices are available on our site.

Canadian rig activity was down 4 at 191 for the week of October 19, 2018 and is 11 (5.4%) lower than last year. Rigs targeting oil were down 4 at 123 and are 16 (15.0%) higher than last year. Gas directed rig count at 68 was unchanged and is 27 rigs (28.4%) 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

10/19/2018 10/12/2018 10/20/2017 Weekly Annual Weekly Annual
Total U.S. 1,067 1,063 913 4 154 0.4% 16.9%
Offshore 20 23 20 (3) 0 -13.0% 0.0%
Land 1,047 1,040 893 7 154 0.7% 17.2%
Inland Waters 3 3 1 0 2 0.0% 200.0%
Oil 873 869 736 4 137 0.5% 18.6%
Percent 81.8% 81.7% 80.6% 0.1% 1.2%

Gas 194 193 177 1 17 0.5% 9.6%
Percent 18.2% 18.2% 19.4% 0.0% -1.2%

Directional 72 70 80 2 -8 2.9% -10.0%
Horizontal 926 927 771 -1 155 -0.1% 20.1%
Vertical 69 66 62 3 7 4.5% 11.3%
Gulf of Mexico 19 22 20 -3 -1 -13.6% -5.0%
Gulf Oil 13 16 17 -3 -4 -18.8% -23.5%
Percent 68.4% 72.7% 85.0% -4.3% -16.6%

Gulf Gas 6 6 3 0 3 0.0% 100.0%
Percent 31.6% 27.3% 15.0% 4.3% 16.6%

Canada 191 195 202 (4) (11) -2.1% -5.4%
Oil 123 127 107 (4) 16 -3.1% 15.0%
Percent 64.4% 65.1% 53.0% -0.7% 11.4%

Gas 68 68 95 0 (27) 0.0% -28.4%
Percent 35.6% 34.9% 47.0% 0.7% -11.4%

North America 1,258 1,258 1,115 0 143 0.0% 12.8%
Prices






Oil $/bbl. $71.13 $72.96 $51.79 ($1.83) $19.34 -2.5% 37.3%
Oil $/mmbtu $12.26 $12.58 $8.93 ($0.32) $3.33 -2.5% 37.3%
Gas $/mmbtu $3.30 $3.23 $2.83 $0.07 $0.47 2.1% 16.5%

Monthly: International Rig Counts

International rig count, which excludes the US and Canada, is down 4 to 1,004 for the month of September 2018 and is 73 rigs (7.8%) higher than last year's 931 rigs.

The number of rotary rigs targeting oil in Seprember was 780 down 12 from August and is 80 (11.4%) higher than last year. International gas rigs were up 5 for the month at 190 and are 5 (2.6%) lower than last year. Miscellaneous or unclassified rigs at 34 are down 2 from last year.

International Rig Count Change
Percent Change


September 2018 August 2018 September 2017 Monthly Annual Monthly Annual
International Oil 780 792 700 -12 80 -1.5% 11.4%

Gas 190 185 195 5 -5 2.7% -2.6%

Misc. 34 31 36 3 -2 9.7% -5.6%

Total 1004 1008 931 -4 73 -0.4% 7.8%
Europe Oil 51 53 52 -2 -1 -3.8% -1.9%

Gas 19 18 20 1 -1 5.6% -5.0%

Misc. 16 14 19 2 -3 14.3% -15.8%

Total 86 85 91 1 -5 1.2% -5.5%
Middle East Oil 300 308 297 -8 3 -2.6% 1.0%

Gas 93 93 98 0 -5 0.0% -5.1%

Misc. 2 1 0 1 2 100.0% N.A.

Total 395 402 395 -7 0 -1.7% 0.0%
Africa Oil 87 83 53 4 34 4.8% 64.2%

Gas 14 14 18 0 -4 0.0% -22.2%

Misc. 8 7 8 1 0 14.3% 0.0%

Total 109 104 79 5 30 4.8% 38.0%
Latin America Oil 172 176 158 -4 14 -2.3% 8.9%

Gas 20 16 18 4 2 25.0% 11.1%

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

Total 192 192 177 0 15 0.0% 8.5%
Asian Pacific Oil 170 172 140 -2 30 -1.2% 21.4%

Gas 44 44 41 0 3 0.0% 7.3%

Misc. 8 9 8 -1 0 -11.1% 0.0%

Total 222 225 189 -3 33 -1.3% 17.5%

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
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