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North American Rotary Rig Counts

The U.S. rotary rig count was up 6 at 1,931 for the week of September 9, 2014. It is 163 rigs (9.2%) higher than last year.

The number of rotary rigs drilling for oil was up 8 at 1,592. There are 231 more rigs targeting oil than last year. Rigs drilling for oil represent 82.4 percent of all drilling activity. 

Rigs directed toward natural gas were down 2 at 338. The number of rigs drilling for gas is 63 lower than last year's level of 401.

Year-over-year oil exploration in the U.S. is up 17.0 percent. Gas exploration is down 15.7 percent. The weekly average of crude oil spot prices is 14.6 percent lower than last year and natural gas spot prices are 7.6 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 9 at 405 for the week of September 12, 2014 and is 25 (6.6%) higher than last year's rig count. The number of rigs drilling for oil was down 6 at 222 and is 16 (6.7%) lower than last year. Gas directed rig count at 183 was down 3 and is 41 rigs (28.9%) 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

09/12/2014 09/05/2014 09/13/2013 Weekly Annual Weekly Annual
Total U.S. 1,931 1,925 1,768 6 163 0.3% 9.2%
Offshore 66 65 65 1 1 1.5% 1.5%
Land 1,865 1,860 1,703 5 162 0.3% 9.5%
Inland Waters 13 13 21 0 (8) 0.0% -38.1%
Oil 1,592 1,584 1,361 8 231 0.5% 17.0%
Percent 82.4% 82.3% 77.0% 0.2% 5.5%

Gas 338 340 401 (2) (63) -0.6% -15.7%
Percent 17.5% 17.7% 22.7% -0.2% -5.2%

Directional 217 224 248 -7 -31 -3.1% -12.5%
Horizontal 1,342 1,333 1,076 9 266 0.7% 24.7%
Vertical 372 368 444 4 -72 1.1% -16.2%
Gulf of Mexico 62 62 63 0 -1 0.0% -1.6%
Gulf Oil 46 47 44 -1 2 -2.1% 4.5%
Percent 74.2% 75.8% 69.8% -1.6% 4.4%

Gulf Gas 16 15 19 1 -3 6.7% -15.8%
Percent 25.8% 24.2% 30.2% 1.6% -4.4%

Canada 405 414 380 (9) 25 -2.2% 6.6%
Oil 222 228 238 (6) (16) -2.6% -6.7%
Percent 54.8% 55.1% 62.6% -0.3% -7.8%

Gas 183 186 142 (3) 41 -1.6% 28.9%
Percent 45.2% 44.9% 37.4% 0.3% 7.8%

North America 2,336 2,339 2,148 (3) 188 -0.1% 8.8%
Prices
Oil $/bbl. $92.43 $94.06 $108.27 ($1.63) ($15.84) -1.7% -14.6%
Oil $/mmbtu $15.94 $16.22 $18.67 ($0.28) ($2.73) -1.7% -14.6%
Gas $/mmbtu $3.90 $3.92 $3.62 ($0.02) $0.28 -0.6% 7.6%

Monthly: International Rig Counts

International rig count, which excludes the US and Canada, was down 43 to 1,339 for the month of  August 2014 and is 72 rigs (5.7%) above last year's 1,267 rigs.

The total number of rotary rigs worldwide in August was 3,642 up 34 from July and 226 (6.6%) higher than last year.

Worldwide Rotary Rig Count Change
Percent Change

Aug 2014 Jul 2014 Aug 2013 Monthly Annual Monthly Annual
Latin America 410 407 399 3 11 0.7% 2.8%
Europe 143 153 143 (10) 0 -6.5% 0.0%
Africa 125 137 125 (12) 0 -8.8% 0.0%
Middle East 406 432 362 (26) 44 -6.0% 12.2%
Far East 255 253 238 2 17 0.8% 7.1%
International 1,339 1,382 1,267 (43) 72 -3.1% 5.7%
Canada 399 350 368 49 31 14.0% 8.4%
United States 1,904 1,876 1,781 28 123 1.5% 6.9%
World 3,642 3,608 3,416 34 226 0.9% 6.6%

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.



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Short Term
Rotary Rig Count - United States
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Rotary Rig Count - United States Weekly
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Rotary Rig Count - Canada
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Rotary Rig Count - Canada Weekly
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Rotary Rig Count - International
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Rotary Rig Count - International
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Rotary Rig Count - World
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Workover Rig Count
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