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North American Rotary Rig Counts

The U.S. rotary rig count from Baker Hughes was down 3 at 946 for the week of August 18, 2017. It is 455 rigs (92.7%) higher than last year. Offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico was down one rigmatching the recent low of 16 . Fourteen were targeting oil and are down one and two were targeting natural gas.

The number of rotary rigs drilling for oil was down 5 at 763. There are 357 more rigs targeting oil than last year. Rigs drilling for oil represent 80.7 percent of all drilling activity. 

Rigs directed toward natural gas were up 1 at 12. The number of rigs drilling for gas is 99 higher than last year's level of 83.

Year-over-year oil exploration in the U.S. is up 87.9 percent. Gas exploration is up 119.3 percent. The weekly average of crude oil spot prices is 0.2 percent higher than last year and natural gas spot prices are 8.1 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 6 at 214 for the week of August 18, 2017 and is 93 (76.9%) higher than last year. Rigs targeting oil were down 6 at 121 and are 56 (86.2%) higher than last year. Gas directed rig count at 93 was unchanged and is 37 rigs (66.1%) 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

08/18/2017 08/11/2017 08/19/2016 Weekly Annual Weekly Annual
Total U.S. 946 949 491 (3) 455 -0.3% 92.7%
Offshore 16 18 18 (2) (2) -11.1% -11.1%
Land 930 931 473 (1) 457 -0.1% 96.6%
Inland Waters 3 3 3 0 0 0.0% 0.0%
Oil 763 768 406 (5) 357 -0.7% 87.9%
Percent 80.7% 80.9% 82.7% -0.3% -2.0%

Gas 182 181 83 1 99 0.6% 119.3%
Percent 19.2% 19.1% 16.9% 0.2% 2.3%

Directional 81 76 45 5 36 6.6% 80.0%
Horizontal 799 801 382 -2 417 -0.2% 109.2%
Vertical 66 72 64 -6 2 -8.3% 3.1%
Gulf of Mexico 16 17 18 -1 -2 -5.9% -11.1%
Gulf Oil 14 15 16 -1 -2 -6.7% -12.5%
Percent 87.5% 88.2% 88.9% -0.7% -1.4%

Gulf Gas 2 2 2 0 0 0.0% 0.0%
Percent 12.5% 11.8% 11.1% 0.7% 1.4%

Canada 214 220 121 (6) 93 -2.7% 76.9%
Oil 121 127 65 (6) 56 -4.7% 86.2%
Percent 56.5% 57.7% 53.7% -1.2% 2.8%

Gas 93 93 56 0 37 0.0% 66.1%
Percent 43.5% 42.3% 46.3% 1.2% -2.8%

North America 1,160 1,169 612 (9) 548 -0.8% 89.5%
Prices
Oil $/bbl. $47.26 $49.09 $47.16 ($1.83) $0.10 -3.7% 0.2%
Oil $/mmbtu $8.15 $8.46 $8.13 ($0.31) $0.02 -3.7% 0.2%
Gas $/mmbtu $2.92 $2.83 $2.70 $0.08 $0.22 3.0% 8.1%

Monthly: International Rig Counts

International rig count, which excludes the US and Canada, was down 1 to 959 for the month of July 2017 and is 21 rigs (2.2%) higher than last year's 938 rigs.

The total number of rotary rigs targeting oil in July was 723 down 4 from Jume and 43 (6.3%) higher than last year. International gas rigs were up 3 for the month at 201 and at the same level as last year.

International Rig Count
Monthly
Annual


Jul-2017 Jun-2017 Jul-2016 Change Percent Change Percent
Total Oil 723 727 680 -4 -0.6% 43 6.3%

Gas 201 198 201 3 1.5% 0 0.0%

Misc 35 35 57 0 0.0% -22 -38.6%

Total 959 960 938 -1 -0.1% 21 2.2%
Europe Oil 46 51 49 -5 -9.8% -3 -6.1%

Gas 18 20 12 -2 -10.0% 6 50.0%

Mis 18 20 33 -2 -10.0% -15 -45.5%

Total 82 91 94 -9 -9.9% -12 -12.8%
Middle East Oil 299 298 288 1 0.3% 11 3.8%

Gas 98 99 102 -1 -1.0% -4 -3.9%

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

Total 397 397 390 0 0.0% 7 1.8%
Africa Oil 60 62 50 -2 -3.2% 10 20.0%

Gas 22 17 22 5 29.4% 0 0.0%

Mis 7 7 10 0 0.0% -3 -30.0%

Total 89 86 82 3 3.5% 7 8.5%
Latin America Oil 177 176 158 1 0.6% 19 12.0%

Gas 19 16 22 3 18.8% -3 -13.6%

Mis 0 0 6 0 N.A. -6 -100.0%

Total 196 192 186 4 2.1% 10 5.4%
Asia Pacific Oil 141 140 135 1 0.7% 6 4.4%

Gas 44 46 43 -2 -4.3% 1 2.3%

Mis 10 8 8 2 25.0% 2 25.0%

Total 195 194 186 1 0.5% 9 4.8%


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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