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North American Rotary Rig Counts

The U.S. rotary rig count from Baker Hughes was up 14 at 1,081 for the week of November 9, 2018. It is 174 rigs (19.2%) higher than last year.

The number of rotary rigs drilling for oil is up 12 at 886. There are 148 more rigs targeting oil than last year. Rigs drilling for oil are 82.0 percent of all drilling activity. 

Rigs targeting natural gas were up 2 at 195. The number of rigs drilling for gas is 26 higher than year.

Year-over-year oil exploration in the U.S. is up  20.1 percent. Gas exploration is up 15.4%. The weekly average of crude oil spot price is 8.5 percent higher last year and natural gas spot prices are 13.9 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 2 at 196 for the week of November 9, 2018 and is 7 (3.4%) lower than last year. Rigs targeting oil were down 4 at 117 and are 9 (8.3%) higher than last year. Gas directed rig count at 79 was up 2 and is 16 rigs (16.8%) 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 take their holidays more serious than their counterparts in the U.S.

North American Rig Count
Change
Percent Change

11/09/2018 11/02/2018 11/10/2017 Weekly Annual Weekly Annual
Total U.S. 1,081 1,067 907 14 174 1.3% 19.2%
Offshore 21 18 18 3 3 16.7% 16.7%
Land 1,060 1,049 889 11 171 1.0% 19.2%
Inland Waters 3 3 1 0 2 0.0% 200.0%
Oil 886 874 738 12 148 1.4% 20.1%
Percent 82.0% 81.9% 81.4% 0.0% 0.6%

Gas 195 193 169 2 26 1.0% 15.4%
Percent 18.0% 18.1% 18.6% -0.0% -0.6%

Directional 74 73 74 1 0 1.4% 0.0%
Horizontal 935 929 776 6 159 0.6% 20.5%
Vertical 72 65 57 7 15 10.8% 26.3%
Gulf of Mexico 21 18 18 3 3 16.7% 16.7%
Gulf Oil 16 13 16 3 0 23.1% 0.0%
Percent 76.2% 72.2% 88.9% 4.0% -12.7%

Gulf Gas 5 5 2 0 3 0.0% 150.0%
Percent 23.8% 27.8% 11.1% -4.0% 12.7%

Canada 196 198 203 (2) (7) -1.0% -3.4%
Oil 117 121 108 (4) 9 -3.3% 8.3%
Percent 59.7% 61.1% 53.2% -1.4% 6.5%

Gas 79 77 95 2 (16) 2.6% -16.8%
Percent 40.3% 38.9% 46.8% 1.4% -6.5%

North America 1,277 1,265 1,110 12 167 0.9% 15.0%
Prices






Oil $/bbl. $61.91 $65.08 $57.06 ($3.17) $4.85 -4.9% 8.5%
Oil $/mmbtu $10.67 $11.22 $9.84 ($0.55) $0.84 -4.9% 8.5%
Gas $/mmbtu $3.55 $3.20 $3.12 $0.35 $0.43 11.0% 13.9%

Monthly: International Rig Counts

International rig count, which excludes the US and Canada, is up 13 to 1,017 for the month of October 2018 and is 66 rigs (6.9%) higher than last year's 951 rigs.

The number of rotary rigs targeting oil in October was 798 up 18 from September and is 85 (11.9%) higher than last year. International gas rigs were down 3 for the month at 187 and are 10 (5.1%) lower than last year. Miscellaneous or unclassified rigs at 32 are down 9 from last year.

International Rig Count Change
Percent Change


October 2018 September 2018 October 2017 Monthly Annual Monthly Annual
International Oil 798 780 713 18 85 2.3% 11.9%

Gas 187 190 197 -3 -10 -1.6% -5.1%

Misc. 32 34 41 -2 -9 -5.9% -22.0%

Total 1017 1004 951 13 66 1.3% 6.9%
Europe Oil 58 51 53 7 5 13.7% 9.4%

Gas 18 19 16 -1 2 -5.3% 12.5%

Misc. 16 16 22 0 -6 0.0% -27.3%

Total 92 86 91 6 1 7.0% 1.1%
Middle East Oil 310 300 287 10 23 3.3% 8.0%

Gas 93 93 97 0 -4 0.0% -4.1%

Misc. 1 2 1 -1 0 -50.0% 0.0%

Total 404 395 385 9 19 2.3% 4.9%
Africa Oil 87 87 59 0 28 0.0% 47.5%

Gas 13 14 18 -1 -5 -7.1% -27.8%

Misc. 7 8 8 -1 -1 -12.5% -12.5%

Total 107 109 85 -2 22 -1.8% 25.9%
Latin America Oil 173 172 156 1 17 0.6% 10.9%

Gas 20 20 20 0 0 0.0% 0.0%

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

Total 193 192 177 1 16 0.5% 9.0%
Asian Pacific Oil 170 170 158 0 12 0.0% 7.6%

Gas 43 44 46 -1 -3 -2.3% -6.5%

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

Total 221 222 213 -1 8 -0.5% 3.8%

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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