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North American Rotary Rig Counts

The U.S. rotary rig count from Baker Hughes was up 7 at 439 for the week of April 16, 2021. It is 90 rigs (17.0%) lower than last year.

The number of rotary rigs drilling for oil is up 7 at 344. There are 94 fewer rigs targeting oil than last year. Rigs drilling for oil are 78.4 percent of all drilling activity. 

Rigs targeting natural gas were up 1 at 94. The number of rigs drilling for gas is 5 higher than last year.

Unspecified or miscellaneous rig count is down 1 to 1 rig compared with 2 last year.

Year-over-year oil exploration in the U.S. is down 21.5 percent. Gas exploration is up 5.6 percent. The weekly average of crude oil spot price is 203.4 percent higher than last year and natural gas spot prices are 54.3 percent higher 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 56 for the week of April 16, 2021 and is 26 (86.7%) higher than last year. Rigs targeting oil were down 2 at 17 and are 10 (142.9%) higher than last year. Gas directed rig count at 39 is unchanged for the week and is 16 (69.6%) 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. 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

04/16/2021 04/09/2021 04/17/2020 Weekly Annual Weekly Annual
Total U.S. 439 432 529 7 (90) 1.6% -17.0%
Offshore 12 11 17 1 (5) 9.1% -29.4%
Land 427 421 512 6 (85) 1.4% -16.6%
Inland Waters 1 0 0 1 1 n.a. n.a.
Oil 344 337 438 7 (94) 2.1% -21.5%
Percent 78.4% 78.0% 82.8% 0.4% -4.4%

Gas 94 93 89 1 5 1.1% 5.6%
Percent 21.4% 21.5% 16.8% -0.1% 4.6%

Miscellaneous 1 2 2 (1) (1)

Percent 0.2% 0.5% 0.4% -0.2% -0.2%

Directional 20 18 28 2 -8 11.1% -28.6%
Horizontal 398 394 483 4 -85 1.0% -17.6%
Vertical 21 20 18 1 3 5.0% 16.7%
Gulf of Mexico 12 11 17 1 -5 9.1% -29.4%
Gulf Oil 12 11 17 1 -5 9.1% -29.4%
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 56 58 30 (2) 26 -3.4% 86.7%
Oil 17 19 7 (2) 10 -10.5% 142.9%
Percent 30.4% 32.8% 23.3% -2.4% 7.0%

Gas 39 39 23 0 16 0.0% 69.6%
Percent 69.6% 67.2% 76.7% 2.4% -7.0%

North America 495 490 559 5 (64) 1.0% -11.4%
Prices






Oil $/bbl. $61.01 $59.33 $20.11 $1.68 $40.90 2.8% 203.4%
Oil $/mmbtu $10.52 $10.23 $3.47 $0.29 $7.05 2.8% 203.4%
Gas $/mmbtu $2.60 $2.51 $1.68 $0.09 $0.91 3.6% 54.3%

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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Rotary Rig
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