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North American Rotary Rig Counts

The U.S. rotary rig count from Baker Hughes was unchanged at 1,057 for the week of August 17, 2018. It is 111 rigs (11.7%) higher than last year.

The number of rotary rigs drilling for oil is unchanged at 869. There are 106 more rigs targeting oil than last year. Rigs drilling for oil are 82.2 percent of all drilling activity. 

Rigs targeting natural gas were unchanged at 186. The number of rigs drilling for gas is 4 higher than last year's level of 182.

Year-over-year oil exploration in the U.S. is up 13.9 percent. Gas exploration is up 2.2 percent. The weekly average of crude oil spot price is 39.3 percent higher last year and natural gas spot prices are 2.2 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 3 at 212 for the week of August 17, 2018 and is 2 (0.9%) lower than last year. Rigs targeting oil were up 1 at 141 and are 20 (16.5%) higher than last year. Gas directed rig count at 71 was up 2 and is 22 rigs (23.7%) 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

08/17/2018 08/10/2018 08/18/2017 Weekly Annual Weekly Annual
Total U.S. 1,057 1,057 946 0 111 0.0% 11.7%
Offshore 21 20 16 1 5 5.0% 31.3%
Land 1,036 1,037 930 (1) 106 -0.1% 11.4%
Inland Waters 2 2 3 0 (1) 0.0% -33.3%
Oil 869 869 763 0 106 0.0% 13.9%
Percent 82.2% 82.2% 80.7% 0.0% 1.6%

Gas 186 186 182 0 4 0.0% 2.2%
Percent 17.6% 17.6% 19.2% 0.0% -1.6%

Directional 70 64 81 6 -11 9.4% -13.6%
Horizontal 922 924 799 -2 123 -0.2% 15.4%
Vertical 65 69 66 -4 -1 -5.8% -1.5%
Gulf of Mexico 19 18 16 1 3 5.6% 18.8%
Gulf Oil 16 15 14 1 2 6.7% 14.3%
Percent 84.2% 83.3% 87.5% 0.9% -3.3%

Gulf Gas 3 3 2 0 1 0.0% 50.0%
Percent 15.8% 16.7% 12.5% -0.9% 3.3%

Canada 212 209 214 3 (2) 1.4% -0.9%
Oil 141 140 121 1 20 0.7% 16.5%
Percent 66.5% 67.0% 56.5% -0.5% 10.0%

Gas 71 69 93 2 (22) 2.9% -23.7%
Percent 33.5% 33.0% 43.5% 0.5% -10.0%

North America 1,269 1,266 1,160 3 109 0.2% 9.4%
Prices






Oil $/bbl. $66.21 $67.91 $47.52 ($1.70) $18.69 -2.5% 39.3%
Oil $/mmbtu $11.42 $11.71 $8.19 ($0.29) $3.22 -2.5% 39.3%
Gas $/mmbtu $2.98 $2.93 $2.91 $0.04 $0.06 1.5% 2.2%


Monthly: International Rig Counts

International rig count, which excludes the US and Canada, up 38 to 997 for the month of July 2018 and is 38 rigs (4.0%) higher than last year's 959 rigs.

The total number of rotary rigs targeting oil in July was 780 up 27 from June and 57 (7.9%) higher than last year. International gas rigs were up 11 for the month at 185 and are 16 (8.0%) lower than last year. Miscellaneous or unclassified rigs at 32 are down 3 from last year.

International Rig Count Change
Percent Change


July 2018 June 2018 July 2017 Monthly Annual Monthly Annual
International Oil 780 753 723 27 57 3.6% 7.9%

Gas 185 174 201 11 -16 6.3% -8.0%

Misc. 32 32 35 0 -3 0.0% -8.6%

Total 997 959 959 38 38 4.0% 4.0%
Europe Oil 51 49 46 2 5 4.1% 10.9%

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

Misc. 15 15 18 0 -3 0.0% -16.7%

Total 80 78 82 2 -2 2.6% -2.4%
Middle East Oil 302 305 299 -3 3 -1.0% 1.0%

Gas 98 87 98 11 0 12.6% 0.0%

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

Total 400 392 397 8 3 2.0% 0.8%
Africa Oil 79 73 60 6 19 8.2% 31.7%

Gas 12 13 22 -1 -10 -7.7% -45.5%

Misc. 7 8 7 -1 0 -12.5% 0.0%

Total 98 94 89 4 9 4.3% 10.1%
Latin America Oil 173 163 177 10 -4 6.1% -2.3%

Gas 17 17 19 0 -2 0.0% -10.5%

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

Total 190 180 196 10 -6 5.6% -3.1%
Asian Pacific Oil 175 163 141 12 34 7.4% 24.1%

Gas 44 43 44 1 0 2.3% 0.0%

Misc. 10 9 10 1 0 11.1% 0.0%

Total 229 215 195 14 34 6.5% 17.4%

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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Workover Rig Count
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