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North American Rotary Rig Counts

The U.S. rotary rig count from Baker Hughes was up 10 at 320 for the week of November 25, 2020. It is 482 rigs (60.1%) lower than last year.

The number of rotary rigs drilling for oil is up 10 to 241. There are 427 fewer rigs targeting oil than last year. Rigs drilling for oil are 75.3 percent of all drilling activity. 

Rigs targeting natural gas were up 1 at 77. The number of rigs drilling for gas is 54 lower than last year.

Unspecified or miscellaneous rig count is down 1 at 2 rigs compared with 3 last year.

Year-over-year oil exploration in the U.S. is down 63.9 percent. Gas exploration is down 41.2 percent. The weekly average of crude oil spot price is 25.1 percent lower than last year and natural gas spot prices are 9.8 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 1 at 102 for the week of November 25, 2020 and is 24 (19.0%) lower than last year. Rigs targeting oil were udown 4 at 38 and are 39 (50.6%) lower than last year. Gas directed rig count at 64 is up 5 for the week and is 15 rigs (30.6%) 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

11/25/2020 11/20/2020 11/29/2019 Weekly Annual Weekly Annual
Total U.S. 320 310 802 10 (482) 3.2% -60.1%
Offshore 12 12 22 0 (10) 0.0% -45.5%
Land 308 298 780 10 (472) 3.4% -60.5%
Inland Waters 2 2 0 0 2 0.0% n.a.
Oil 241 231 668 10 (427) 4.3% -63.9%
Percent 75.3% 74.5% 83.3% 0.8% -8.0%

Gas 77 76 131 1 (54) 1.3% -41.2%
Percent 24.1% 24.5% 16.3% -0.5% 7.7%

Miscellaneous 2 3 3 (1) (1)

Percent 0.6% 1.0% 0.4% -0.3% 0.3%

Directional 22 20 53 2 -31 10.0% -58.5%
Horizontal 283 272 701 11 -418 4.0% -59.6%
Vertical 15 18 48 -3 -33 -16.7% -68.8%
Gulf of Mexico 12 12 22 0 -10 0.0% -45.5%
Gulf Oil 12 12 21 0 -9 0.0% -42.9%
Percent 100.0% 100.0% 95.5% 0.0% 4.5%

Gulf Gas 0 0 1 0 -1 n.a. -100.0%
Percent 0.0% 0.0% 4.5% 0.0% -4.5%

Canada 102 101 126 1 (24) 1.0% -19.0%
Oil 38 42 77 (4) (39) -9.5% -50.6%
Percent 37.3% 41.6% 61.1% -4.3% -23.9%

Gas 64 59 49 5 15 8.5% 30.6%
Percent 62.7% 58.4% 38.9% 4.3% 23.9%

North America 422 411 928 11 (506) 2.7% -54.5%
Prices






Oil $/bbl. $43.06 $41.69 $57.48 $1.37 ($14.42) 3.3% -25.1%
Oil $/mmbtu $7.42 $7.19 $9.91 $0.24 ($2.49) 3.3% -25.1%
Gas $/mmbtu $2.71 $2.67 $2.47 $0.04 $0.24 1.4% 9.8%

Monthly: International Rig Counts

International rig count, which excludes the US and Canada, is up 4 to 747 for the month of August 2020 and is 391 rigs (34.4%) lower than last year's 1,138 rigs.

The number of rotary rigs targeting oil in August was 556 up 21 from July and is 271 (32.8%) lower than last year. International gas rigs were down 7 for the month at 164 and are 116 (41.4%) lower than last year. Miscellaneous or unclassified rigs at 27 are down 10 for the month and are 4 lower than last year. Most of these are likely oil rigs.

International Rig Count Change
Percent Change


August 2020 July 2020 August 2019 Monthly Annual Monthly Annual
International Oil 556 535 827 21 -271 3.9% -32.8%

Gas 164 171 280 -7 -116 -4.1% -41.4%

Misc. 27 37 31 -10 -4 -27.0% -12.9%

Total 747 743 1138 4 -391 0.5% -34.4%
Europe Oil 46 45 76 1 -30 2.2% -39.5%

Gas 51 51 105 0 -54 0.0% -51.4%

Misc. 12 9 12 3 0 33.3% 0.0%

Total 109 105 193 4 -84 3.8% -43.5%
Middle East Oil 235 228 322 7 -87 3.1% -27.0%

Gas 66 75 94 -9 -28 -12.0% -29.8%

Misc. 0 12 0 -12 0 -100.0% N.A.

Total 301 315 416 -14 -115 -4.4% -27.6%
Africa Oil 48 43 96 5 -48 11.6% -50.0%

Gas 9 9 11 0 -2 0.0% -18.2%

Misc. 5 4 8 1 -3 25.0% -37.5%

Total 62 56 115 6 -53 10.7% -46.1%
Latin America Oil 70 69 170 1 -100 1.4% -58.8%

Gas 5 5 23 0 -18 0.0% -78.3%

Misc. 0 0 1 0 -1 N.A. -100.0%

Total 75 74 194 1 -119 1.4% -61.3%
Asian Pacific Oil 157 150 163 7 -6 4.7% -3.7%

Gas 33 31 47 2 -14 6.5% -29.8%

Misc. 10 12 10 -2 0 -16.7% 0.0%

Total 200 193 220 7 -20 3.6% -9.1%


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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Rotary Rig
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Workover Rig Count
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