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North American Rotary Rig Counts

The U.S. rotary rig count was up 13 at 1,831 for the week of April 11, 2014. It is 60 rigs (3.4%) higher than last year.

The number of rotary rigs drilling for oil was up 19 at 1,517. There 56 more rigs targeting oil than last year. Rigs drilling for oil represent 82.9 percent of all drilling activity. 

Rigs directed toward natural gas were down 6 at 310. The number of rigs drilling for gas is 67 lower than last year's level of  377.

Year-over-year oil exploration in the U.S. is up 9.4 percent. Gas exploration is down 17.8 percent. The weekly average of crude oil spot prices is 10.0 percent higher than last year and natural gas spot prices are 10.4 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 23 at 212 for the week of April 11, 2014 and is 56 (35.9%) higher than last year's rig count. The number of rigs drilling for oil was down 17 at 93 and is 10 (12.0%) higher than last year. Gas directed rig count at 119 was down 6 and is 46 rigs (63.0%) 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 wide weather related seasonal swings, even year-over-year comparisons can lead to incorrect conclusions.

North American Rig Count
Change
Percent Change

04/11/2014 04/04/2014 04/12/2013 Weekly Annual Weekly Annual
Total U.S. 1,831 1,818 1,771 13 60 0.7% 3.4%
Offshore 53 47 49 6 4 12.8% 8.2%
Land 1,778 1,771 1,722 7 56 0.4% 3.3%
Inland Waters 19 17 25 2 (6) 11.8% -24.0%
Oil 1,517 1,498 1,387 19 130 1.3% 9.4%
Percent 82.9% 82.4% 78.3% 0.5% 4.5%

Gas 310 316 377 (6) (67) -1.9% -17.8%
Percent 16.9% 17.4% 21.3% -0.5% -4.4%

Directional 216 201 206 15 10 7.5% 4.9%
Horizontal 1,224 1,224 1,102 0 122 0.0% 11.1%
Vertical 391 393 463 -2 -72 -0.5% -15.6%
Gulf of Mexico 52 46 47 6 5 13.0% 10.6%
Gulf Oil 41 37 31 4 10 10.8% 32.3%
Percent 78.8% 80.4% 66.0% -1.6% 12.9%

Gulf Gas 11 9 16 2 -5 22.2% -31.3%
Percent 21.2% 19.6% 34.0% 1.6% -12.9%

Canada 212 235 156 (23) 56 -9.8% 35.9%
Oil 93 110 83 (17) 10 -15.5% 12.0%
Percent 43.9% 46.8% 53.2% -2.9% -9.3%

Gas 119 125 73 (6) 46 -4.8% 63.0%
Percent 56.1% 53.2% 46.8% 2.9% 9.3%

North America 2,043 2,053 1,927 (10) 116 -0.5% 6.0%
Prices
Oil $/bbl. $102.73 $100.46 $93.40 $2.27 $9.33 2.3% 10.0%
Oil $/mmbtu $17.71 $17.32 $16.10 $0.39 $1.61 2.3% 10.0%
Gas $/mmbtu $4.57 $4.38 $4.14 $0.18 $0.43 4.2% 10.4%

Monthly: International Rig Counts

International rig count, which excludes the US and Canada, was down 16 to 1,325 for the month of  January 2014 and is 46 rigs (3.6%) above last year's 1,279 rigs.

The total number of rotary rigs worldwide in  January was 3,598 up 120 from December and 59 (1.7%) higher than last year.

Worldwide Rotary Rig Count Change
Percent Change

January 2014 December 2013 January 2013 Monthly Annual Monthly Annual
Latin America 401 417 414 (16) (13) -3.8% -3.1%
Europe 126 126 134 0 (8) 0.0% -6.0%
Africa 139 138 115 1 24 0.7% 20.9%
Middle East 403 405 379 (2) 24 -0.5% 6.3%
Far East 256 249 237 7 19 2.8% 8.0%
International 1,325 1,335 1,279 (10) 46 -0.7% 3.6%
Canada 504 372 503 132 1 35.5% 0.2%
United States 1,769 1,771 1,757 (2) 12 -0.1% 0.7%
World 3,598 3,478 3,539 120 59 3.5% 1.7%

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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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 - World
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Workover Rig Count
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