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North American Rotary Rig Counts

The U.S. rotary rig count from Baker Hughes was up 35 at 694 for the week of January 20, 2017. It is 35 rigs (8.9%) higher than last year. Rig count is 290 above the record low. Baker Hughes started counting rigs in 1949.

The number of rotary rigs drilling for oil was up 29 at 551. There are 41 more rigs targeting oil than last year. Rigs drilling for oil represent 79.4 percent of all drilling activity. 

Rigs directed toward natural gas were up 6 at 142. The number of rigs drilling for gas is 15 higher than last year's level of 127.

Year-over-year oil exploration in the U.S. is up 8.0 percent. Gas exploration is up 11.8 percent. The weekly average of crude oil spot prices is 74.4 percent higher than last year and natural gas spot prices are 48.4 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 27 at 342 for the week of January 20, 2017 and is up 92 (36.8%) from last year. The number of rigs drilling for oil was up 23 at 193 and is 59 (44.0%) higher than last year. Gas directed rig count at 149 was up 5 and is 33 rigs (28.4%) higher 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.

North American Rig Count
Change
Percent Change

01/20/2017 01/13/2017 01/22/2016 Weekly Annual Weekly Annual
Total U.S. 694 659 637 35 57 5.3% 8.9%
Offshore 24 25 29 (1) (5) -4.0% -17.2%
Land 670 634 608 36 62 5.7% 10.2%
Inland Waters 0 0 1 0 (1) n.a. -100.0%
Oil 551 522 510 29 41 5.6% 8.0%
Percent 79.4% 79.2% 80.1% 0.2% -0.7%

Gas 142 136 127 6 15 4.4% 11.8%
Percent 20.5% 20.6% 19.9% -0.2% 0.5%

Directional 60 59 60 1 0 1.7% 0.0%
Horizontal 559 537 500 22 59 4.1% 11.8%
Vertical 75 63 77 12 -2 19.0% -2.6%
Gulf of Mexico 23 24 29 -1 -6 -4.2% -20.7%
Gulf Oil 23 24 21 -1 2 -4.2% 9.5%
Percent 100.0% 100.0% 72.4% 0.0% 27.6%

Gulf Gas 0 0 8 0 -8 n.a. -100.0%
Percent 0.0% 0.0% 27.6% 0.0% -27.6%

Canada 342 315 250 27 92 8.6% 36.8%
Oil 193 170 134 23 59 13.5% 44.0%
Percent 56.4% 54.0% 53.6% 2.5% 2.8%

Gas 149 144 116 5 33 3.5% 28.4%
Percent 43.6% 45.7% 46.4% -2.1% -2.8%

North America 1,036 974 887 62 149 6.4% 16.8%
Prices
Oil $/bbl. $51.65 $52.07 $29.61 ($0.42) $22.04 -0.8% 74.4%
Oil $/mmbtu $8.91 $8.98 $5.11 ($0.07) $3.80 -0.8% 74.4%
Gas $/mmbtu $3.26 $3.26 $2.20 ($0.00) $1.06 -0.0% 48.4%

Monthly: International Rig Counts

International rig count, which excludes the US and Canada, was down 3 to 934 for the month of September 2016 and is 206 rigs (18.1%) lower than last year's 1,140 rigs.

The total number of rotary rigs targeting oil in September was 684 up 6 from August and 187 (21.5%) lower than last year. International gas rigs were down 8 for the month at 194 and are 31 (13.8%) lower than last year.

International Rig Count
Monthly
Annual


Sep-2016 Aug-2016 Sep-2015 Change Percent Change Percent
Total Oil 684 678 871 6 0.9% -187 -21.5%

Gas 194 202 225 -8 -4.0% -31 -13.8%

Misc 56 57 44 -1 -1.8% 12 27.3%

Total 934 937 1140 -3 -0.3% -206 -18.1%
Europe Oil 41 44 60 -3 -6.8% -19 -31.7%

Gas 18 17 24 1 5.9% -6 -25.0%

Mis 33 35 25 -2 -5.7% 8 32.0%

Total 92 96 109 -4 -4.2% -17 -15.6%
Middle East Oil 294 285 300 9 3.2% -6 -2.0%

Gas 92 94 96 -2 -2.1% -4 -4.2%

Mis 0 0 0 0 N.A. 0 N.A.

Total 386 379 396 7 1.8% -10 -2.5%
Africa Oil 47 50 70 -3 -6.0% -23 -32.9%

Gas 20 21 14 -1 -4.8% 6 42.9%

Mis 10 10 12 0 0.0% -2 -16.7%

Total 77 81 96 -4 -4.9% -19 -19.8%
Latin America Oil 166 161 294 5 3.1% -128 -43.5%

Gas 20 22 24 -2 -9.1% -4 -16.7%

Mis 3 4 3 -1 -25.0% 0 0.0%

Total 189 187 321 2 1.1% -132 -41.1%
Asia Pacific Oil 136 138 147 -2 -1.4% -11 -7.5%

Gas 44 48 67 -4 -8.3% -23 -34.3%

Mis 10 8 4 2 25.0% 6 150.0%

Total 190 194 218 -4 -2.1% -28 -12.8%


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 - Canada
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Rotary Rig Count - United States
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World Rig Count Foreign Rig Count
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