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North American Rotary Rig Counts

The U.S. rotary rig count from Baker Hughes was up 9 to 512 for the week of September 17, 2021. It is 257 rigs (100%) higher than last year.

The number of rotary rigs drilling for oil is up 10 to 411. There are 232 more rigs targeting oil than last year. Rigs drilling for oil are 80.3 percent of all drilling activity. 

Rigs targeting natural gas were down 1 at 100. The number of rigs drilling for gas is 27 higher than last year.

Unspecified or miscellaneous rig count is unchanged at 1 and is 2 lower last year.

Year-over-year oil exploration in the U.S. is up 130 percent. Gas exploration is up 37 percent. The weekly average of crude oil spot price is 81 percent higher than last year and natural gas spot prices are 138 percent higher than last year. See Oil Futures Price Goes Negative.

 Daily crude oil and natural gas futures and spot prices are available on our site.

Canadian rig activity was up 11 at 154 for the week of September 17, 2021 and is 90 (141%) higher than last year. Rigs targeting oil were up 8 at 95 and are 65 (217%) higher than last year. Gas directed rig count at 59 is up 4 for the week and is 25 (74%) higher than last year. Miscellaneous rig count was unchanged at 0 and unchanged from 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

09/17/2021 09/10/2021 09/18/2020 Weekly Annual Weekly Annual
Total U.S. 512 503 255 9 257 1.8% 100.8%
Offshore 6 6 14 0 (8) 0.0% -57.1%
Land 506 497 241 9 265 1.8% 110.0%
Inland Waters 1 0 1 1 0 n.a. 0.0%
Oil 411 401 179 10 232 2.5% 129.6%
Percent 80.3% 79.7% 70.2% 0.6% 10.1%

Gas 100 101 73 (1) 27 -1.0% 37.0%
Percent 19.5% 20.1% 28.6% -0.5% -9.1%

Miscellaneous 1 1 3 0 (2)

Percent 0.2% 0.2% 1.2% -0.0% -1.0%

Directional 17 16 23 1 -6 6.3% -26.1%
Horizontal 466 461 215 5 251 1.1% 116.7%
Vertical 29 26 17 3 12 11.5% 70.6%
Gulf of Mexico 4 4 14 0 -10 0.0% -71.4%
Gulf Oil 4 4 14 0 -10 0.0% -71.4%
Percent 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 0.0% 0.0%

Gulf Gas 0 0 0 0 0 n.a. n.a.
Percent 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%

Canada 154 143 64 11 90 7.7% 140.6%
Oil 95 87 30 8 65 9.2% 216.7%
Percent 61.7% 60.8% 46.9% 0.8% 14.8%

Gas 59 56 34 3 25 5.4% 73.5%
Percent 38.3% 39.2% 53.1% -0.8% -14.8%

North America 666 646 319 20 347 3.1% 108.8%
Prices






Oil $/bbl. $71.66 $68.90 $39.55 $2.76 $32.10 4.0% 81.2%
Oil $/mmbtu $12.35 $11.88 $6.82 $0.48 $5.54 4.0% 81.2%
Gas $/mmbtu $5.25 $4.87 $2.21 $0.38 $3.05 7.9% 138.0%

Monthly: International Rig Counts

International rig count, which excludes the US and Canada, is up 14 to 715 for the month of March 2021 and is 344 rigs (32.5%) lower than last year's 1,059 rigs.

The number of rotary rigs targeting oil in December was 535 unchanged from February and is 240 (31.0%) lower than last year. International gas rigs were up 7 for the month at 145 and are 77 (34.7%) lower than last year. Miscellaneous or unclassified rigs at 35 are up 7 for the month and are 27 (43.5%) lower than last year.

International Rig Count Change
Percent Change


Mar-2021 Feb-2021 Mar-2020 Monthly Annual Monthly Annual
International Oil 535 535 775 0 -240 0.0% -31.0%

Gas 145 138 222 7 -77 5.1% -34.7%

Misc. 35 28 62 7 -27 25.0% -43.5%

Total 715 701 1059 14 -344 2.0% -32.5%
Europe Oil 44 48 60 -4 -16 -8.3% -26.7%

Gas 40 37 55 3 -15 8.1% -27.3%

Misc. 16 13 8 3 8 23.1% 100.0%

Total 100 98 123 2 -23 2.0% -18.7%
Middle East Oil 201 204 304 -3 -103 -1.5% -33.9%

Gas 59 56 94 3 -35 5.4% -37.2%

Misc. 1 0 30 1 -29 N.A. -96.7%

Total 261 260 428 1 -167 0.4% -39.0%
Africa Oil 49 47 88 2 -39 4.3% -44.3%

Gas 5 5 14 0 -9 0.0% -64.3%

Misc. 5 5 6 0 -1 0.0% -16.7%

Total 59 57 108 2 -49 3.5% -45.4%
Latin America Oil 108 108 156 0 -48 0.0% -30.8%

Gas 16 17 13 -1 3 -5.9% 23.1%

Misc. 1 0 0 1 1 N.A. N.A.

Total 125 125 169 0 -44 0.0% -26.0%
Asian Pacific Oil 133 128 167 5 -34 3.9% -20.4%

Gas 25 23 46 2 -21 8.7% -45.7%

Misc. 12 10 18 2 -6 20.0% -33.3%

Total 170 161 231 9 -61 5.6% -26.4%


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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