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North American Rotary Rig Counts

The U.S. rotary rig count from Baker Hughes was down 2 at 1,053 for the week of September 21, 2018. It is 1189 rigs (12.6%) higher than last year.

The number of rotary rigs drilling for oil is down 1 at 866. There are 122 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 down 4 from year.

Year-over-year oil exploration in the U.S. is up 16.4 percent. Gas exploration is down 2.1percent. The weekly average of crude oil spot price is 39.3 percent higher last year and natural gas spot prices are 3.4 percent lower than last year. Daily crude oil and natural gas futures and spot prices are available on our site.

Canadian rig activity was down 29 at 197 for the week of September 21, 2018 and is 23 (10.5%) lower than last year. Rigs targeting oil were down 13 at 135 and are 13 (10.7%) higher than last year. Gas directed rig count at 62 was down 16 and is 36 rigs (37.6%) 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

09/21/2018 09/14/2018 09/22/2017 Weekly Annual Weekly Annual
Total U.S. 1,053 1,055 935 (2) 118 -0.2% 12.6%
Offshore 20 20 19 0 1 0.0% 5.3%
Land 1,033 1,035 916 (2) 117 -0.2% 12.8%
Inland Waters 5 5 3 0 2 0.0% 66.7%
Oil 866 867 744 (1) 122 -0.1% 16.4%
Percent 82.2% 82.2% 79.6% 0.1% 2.7%

Gas 186 186 190 0 (4) 0.0% -2.1%
Percent 17.7% 17.6% 20.3% 0.0% -2.7%

Directional 69 71 77 -2 -8 -2.8% -10.4%
Horizontal 919 921 790 -2 129 -0.2% 16.3%
Vertical 65 63 68 2 -3 3.2% -4.4%
Gulf of Mexico 18 18 19 0 -1 0.0% -5.3%
Gulf Oil 16 16 15 0 1 0.0% 6.7%
Percent 88.9% 88.9% 78.9% 0.0% 9.9%

Gulf Gas 2 2 4 0 -2 0.0% -50.0%
Percent 11.1% 11.1% 21.1% 0.0% -9.9%

Canada 197 226 220 (29) (23) -12.8% -10.5%
Oil 135 148 122 (13) 13 -8.8% 10.7%
Percent 68.5% 65.5% 55.5% 3.0% 13.1%

Gas 62 78 98 (16) (36) -20.5% -36.7%
Percent 31.5% 34.5% 44.5% -3.0% -13.1%

North America 1,250 1,281 1,155 (31) 95 -2.4% 8.2%
Prices






Oil $/bbl. $70.01 $68.97 $50.28 $1.04 $19.73 1.5% 39.3%
Oil $/mmbtu $12.07 $11.89 $8.67 $0.18 $3.40 1.5% 39.3%
Gas $/mmbtu $2.98 $2.89 $3.09 $0.09 ($0.11) 3.2% -3.4%


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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