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North American Rotary Rig Counts

The U.S. rotary rig count from Baker Hughes was down 10 at 1,016 for the week of March 22, 2019. It is 21 rigs (2.1%) higher than last year.

The number of rotary rigs drilling for oil is down 9 at 824. There are 20 more rigs targeting oil than last year. Rigs drilling for oil are 81.1 percent of all drilling activity. 

Rigs targeting natural gas were down 1 at 192. The number of rigs drilling for gas is 2 higher than last year.

Year-over-year oil exploration in the U.S. is up 2.5 percent. Gas exploration is down 0.5 percent. The weekly average of crude oil spot price is 7.3 percent lower than last year and natural gas spot prices are 8.2 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 56 at 105 for the week of March 22, 2019 and is 56 (34.8%) lower than last year. Rigs targeting oil were down 49 at 49 and are 44 (47.3%) lower than last year. Gas directed rig count at 56 was down 7 and is 12 rigs (17.6%) lower 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 take their holidays more serious than their counterparts in the U.S. and rig count drops.

North American Rig Count
Change
Percent Change

03/22/2019 03/15/2019 03/23/2018 Weekly Annual Weekly Annual
Total U.S. 1,016 1,026 995 (10) 21 -1.0% 2.1%
Offshore 20 22 13 (2) 7 -9.1% 53.8%
Land 996 1,004 982 (8) 14 -0.8% 1.4%
Inland Waters 3 3 3 0 0 0.0% 0.0%
Oil 824 833 804 (9) 20 -1.1% 2.5%
Percent 81.1% 81.2% 80.8% -0.1% 0.3%

Gas 192 193 190 (1) 2 -0.5% 1.1%
Percent 18.9% 18.8% 19.1% 0.1% -0.2%

Directional 63 65 62 -2 1 -3.1% 1.6%
Horizontal 900 907 870 -7 30 -0.8% 3.4%
Vertical 53 54 63 -1 -10 -1.9% -15.9%
Gulf of Mexico 20 22 13 -2 7 -9.1% 53.8%
Gulf Oil 16 18 12 -2 4 -11.1% 33.3%
Percent 80.0% 81.8% 92.3% -1.8% -12.3%

Gulf Gas 4 4 1 0 3 0.0% 300.0%
Percent 20.0% 18.2% 7.7% 1.8% 12.3%

Canada 105 161 161 (56) (56) -34.8% -34.8%
Oil 49 98 93 (49) (44) -50.0% -47.3%
Percent 46.7% 60.9% 57.8% -14.2% -11.1%

Gas 56 63 68 (7) (12) -11.1% -17.6%
Percent 53.3% 39.1% 42.2% 14.2% 11.1%

North America 1,121 1,187 1,156 (66) (35) -5.6% -3.0%
Prices






Oil $/bbl. $59.47 $57.82 $64.19 $1.66 ($4.71) 2.9% -7.3%
Oil $/mmbtu $10.25 $9.97 $11.07 $0.29 ($0.81) 2.9% -7.3%
Gas $/mmbtu $2.85 $2.81 $2.63 $0.04 $0.22 1.5% 8.2%

Monthly: International Rig Counts

International rig count, which excludes the US and Canada, is up 4 to 1,027 for the month of February 2019 and is 48 rigs (4.9%) higher than last year's 979 rigs.

The number of rotary rigs targeting oil in February was 817 up 11 from January and is 66 (8.8%) higher than last year. International gas rigs were down 6 for the month at 185 and are 11 lower than last year. Miscellaneous or unclassified rigs at 25 are down 1 for the month and are 7 lower than last year.

International Rig Count Change
Percent Change


February 2019 January 2019 February 2018 Monthly Annual Monthly Annual
International Oil 817 806 751 11 66 1.4% 8.8%

Gas 185 191 196 -6 -11 -3.1% -5.6%

Misc. 25 26 32 -1 -7 -3.8% -21.9%

Total 1027 1023 979 4 48 0.4% 4.9%
Europe Oil 64 55 52 9 12 16.4% 23.1%

Gas 19 20 15 -1 4 -5.0% 26.7%

Misc. 11 11 17 0 -6 0.0% -35.3%

Total 94 86 84 8 10 9.3% 11.9%
Middle East Oil 317 314 296 3 21 1.0% 7.1%

Gas 81 87 100 -6 -19 -6.9% -19.0%

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

Total 398 402 396 -4 2 -1.0% 0.5%
Africa Oil 91 88 65 3 26 3.4% 40.0%

Gas 14 13 17 1 -3 7.7% -17.6%

Misc. 8 8 8 0 0 0.0% 0.0%

Total 113 109 90 4 23 3.7% 25.6%
Latin America Oil 162 173 179 -11 -17 -6.4% -9.5%

Gas 20 21 20 -1 0 -4.8% 0.0%

Misc. 0 0 0 0 0 N.A. N.A.

Total 182 194 199 -12 -17 -6.2% -8.5%
Asian Pacific Oil 183 176 159 7 24 4.0% 15.1%

Gas 51 50 44 1 7 2.0% 15.9%

Misc. 6 6 7 0 -1 0.0% -14.3%

Total 240 232 210 8 30 3.4% 14.3%

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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