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North American Rotary Rig Counts

The U.S. rotary rig count from Baker Hughes was down 2 at 950 for the week of July 21, 2017. It is 488 rigs (105.6%) higher than last year.

The number of rotary rigs drilling for oil was down 1 at 764. There are 393 more rigs targeting oil than last year. Rigs drilling for oil represent 80.4 percent of all drilling activity. 

Rigs directed toward natural gas were down 1 at 186. The number of rigs drilling for gas is 98 higher than last year's level of 88.

Year-over-year oil exploration in the U.S. is up 105.9 percent. Gas exploration is up 111.4 percent. The weekly average of crude oil spot prices is 3.8 percent higher than last year and natural gas spot prices are 11.3 percent higher than last year. Daily crude oil and natural gas futures and spot prices are available on our site.

Canadian rig activity was up 15 at 206 for the week of July 21, 2017 and is 104 (102.0%) higher than last year. Rigs targeting oil were up 12 at 118 and are 70 (145.8%) higher than last year. Gas directed rig count at 88 was up 3 and is 35 rigs (66.0%) 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 large weather related seasonal swings, even year-over-year comparisons can lead to incorrect conclusions.

North American Rig Count
Change
Percent Change

07/21/2017 07/14/2017 07/22/2016 Weekly Annual Weekly Annual
Total U.S. 950 952 462 (2) 488 -0.2% 105.6%
Offshore 23 21 19 2 4 9.5% 21.1%
Land 927 931 443 (4) 484 -0.4% 109.3%
Inland Waters 3 3 3 0 0 0.0% 0.0%
Oil 764 765 371 (1) 393 -0.1% 105.9%
Percent 80.4% 80.4% 80.3% 0.1% 0.1%

Gas 186 187 88 (1) 98 -0.5% 111.4%
Percent 19.6% 19.6% 19.0% -0.1% 0.5%

Directional 75 72 44 3 31 4.2% 70.5%
Horizontal 803 804 357 -1 446 -0.1% 124.9%
Vertical 72 76 61 -4 11 -5.3% 18.0%
Gulf of Mexico 23 21 18 2 5 9.5% 27.8%
Gulf Oil 20 18 14 2 6 11.1% 42.9%
Percent 87.0% 85.7% 77.8% 1.2% 9.2%

Gulf Gas 3 3 4 0 -1 0.0% -25.0%
Percent 13.0% 14.3% 22.2% -1.2% -9.2%

Canada 206 191 102 15 104 7.9% 102.0%
Oil 118 106 48 12 70 11.3% 145.8%
Percent 57.3% 55.5% 47.1% 1.8% 10.2%

Gas 88 85 53 3 35 3.5% 66.0%
Percent 42.7% 44.5% 52.0% -1.8% -9.2%

North America 1,156 1,143 564 13 592 1.1% 105.0%
Prices
Oil $/bbl. $46.62 $45.51 $44.93 $1.11 $1.69 2.4% 3.8%
Oil $/mmbtu $8.04 $7.85 $7.75 $0.19 $0.29 2.4% 3.8%
Gas $/mmbtu $3.08 $2.95 $2.76 $0.13 $0.31 4.3% 11.3%

Monthly: International Rig Counts

International rig count, which excludes the US and Canada, was up 1 to 957 for the month of May 2017 and is 2 rigs (0.2%) higher than last year's 955 rigs.

The total number of rotary rigs targeting oil in May was 715 up 5 from April and 11 (1.6%) higher than last year. International gas rigs were down 1 for the month at 202 and are 5 (2.5%) higher than last year.

International Rig Count
Monthly
Annual


May-2017 Apr-2017 May-2016 Change Percent Change Percent
Total Oil 715 710 704 5 0.7% 11 1.6%

Gas 202 203 197 -1 -0.5% 5 2.5%

Misc 40 43 54 -3 -7.0% -14 -25.9%

Total 957 956 955 1 0.1% 2 0.2%
Europe Oil 51 52 51 -1 -1.9% 0 0.0%

Gas 21 18 11 3 16.7% 10 90.9%

Mis 23 21 33 2 9.5% -10 -30.3%

Total 95 91 95 4 4.4% 0 0.0%
Middle East Oil 293 295 289 -2 -0.7% 4 1.4%

Gas 98 94 102 4 4.3% -4 -3.9%

Mis 0 0 0 0 N.A. 0 N.A.

Total 391 389 391 2 0.5% 0 0.0%
Africa Oil 59 60 62 -1 -1.7% -3 -4.8%

Gas 16 18 18 -2 -11.1% -2 -11.1%

Mis 9 11 11 -2 -18.2% -2 -18.2%

Total 84 89 91 -5 -5.6% -7 -7.7%
Latin America Oil 173 164 164 9 5.5% 9 5.5%

Gas 17 18 21 -1 -5.6% -4 -19.0%

Mis 0 0 3 0 N.A. -3 -100.0%

Total 190 182 188 8 4.4% 2 1.1%
Asia Pacific Oil 139 139 138 0 0.0% 1 0.7%

Gas 50 55 45 -5 -9.1% 5 11.1%

Mis 8 11 7 -3 -27.3% 1 14.3%

Total 197 205 190 -8 -3.9% 7 3.7%


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.




Rotary Rig Count - Canada
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Rotary Rig Count - United States
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World Rig Count Foreign Rig Count
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