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North American Rotary Rig Counts

The U.S. rotary rig count from Baker Hughes was up 8 at 923 for the week of November 22, 2017. It is 330 rigs (55.6%) higher than last year.

The number of rotary rigs drilling for oil was up 9 at 747. There are 273 more rigs targeting oil than last year. Rigs drilling for oil represent 80.9 percent of all drilling activity. 

Rigs directed toward natural gas were down 1 at 176. The number of rigs drilling for gas is 58 higher than last year's level of 118.

Year-over-year oil exploration in the U.S. is up 57.6 percent. Gas exploration is up 49.2 percent. The weekly average of crude oil spot prices is 19.0 percent higher last year and natural gas spot prices are 10.1 percent higher than last year. Daily crude oil and natural gas futures and spot prices are available on our site.

Canadian rig activity was up 7 at 215 for the week of November 22, 2017 and is 41 (23.6%) higher than last year. Rigs targeting oil were down 2 at 107 and are 13 (13.8%) higher than last year. Gas directed rig count at 108 was up 9 and is 30 rigs (38.5%) 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

11/22/2017 11/17/2017 11/25/2016 Weekly Annual Weekly Annual
Total U.S. 923 915 593 8 330 0.9% 55.6%
Offshore 22 21 23 1 (1) 4.8% -4.3%
Land 901 894 570 7 331 0.8% 58.1%
Inland Waters 1 1 2 0 (1) 0.0% -50.0%
Oil 747 738 474 9 273 1.2% 57.6%
Percent 80.9% 80.7% 79.9% 0.3% 1.0%

Gas 176 177 118 (1) 58 -0.6% 49.2%
Percent 19.1% 19.3% 19.9% -0.3% -0.8%

Directional 71 76 52 -5 19 -6.6% 36.5%
Horizontal 786 776 475 10 311 1.3% 65.5%
Vertical 66 63 66 3 0 4.8% 0.0%
Gulf of Mexico 22 21 23 1 -1 4.8% -4.3%
Gulf Oil 18 17 23 1 -5 5.9% -21.7%
Percent 81.8% 81.0% 100.0% 0.9% -18.2%

Gulf Gas 4 4 0 0 4 0.0% n.a.
Percent 18.2% 19.0% 0.0% -0.9% 18.2%

Canada 215 208 174 7 41 3.4% 23.6%
Oil 107 109 94 (2) 13 -1.8% 13.8%
Percent 49.8% 52.4% 54.0% -2.6% -4.3%

Gas 108 99 78 9 30 9.1% 38.5%
Percent 50.2% 47.6% 44.8% 2.6% 5.4%

North America 1,138 1,123 767 15 371 1.3% 48.4%
Prices






Oil $/bbl. $56.64 $55.89 $47.58 $0.74 $9.06 1.3% 19.0%
Oil $/mmbtu $9.76 $9.64 $8.20 $0.13 $1.56 1.3% 19.0%
Gas $/mmbtu $3.05 $3.08 $2.77 ($0.03) $0.28 -1.0% 10.1%

Monthly: International Rig Counts

International rig count, which excludes the US and Canada, was down 21 to 931 for the month of September 2017 and is 3 rigs (0.3%) lower than last year's 934 rigs.

The total number of rotary rigs targeting oil in September was 700, down 15 from August and 16 (2.3%) higher than last year. International gas rigs were down 5 for the month at 195 and 1 (0.5%) higher than last year. Miscellaneous or unclassified rigs at 36 are down 20 from last year.

International Rig Count
Monthly
Annual


Sep-2017 Aug-2017 Sep-2016 Change Percent Change Percent
Total Oil 700 715 684 -15 -2.1% 16 2.3%

Gas 195 200 194 -5 -2.5% 1 0.5%

Misc 36 37 56 -1 -2.7% -20 -35.7%

Total 931 952 934 -21 -2.2% -3 -0.3%
Europe Oil 52 53 41 -1 -1.9% 11 26.8%

Gas 20 20 18 0 0.0% 2 11.1%

Mis 19 18 33 1 5.6% -14 -42.4%

Total 91 91 92 0 0.0% -1 -1.1%
Middle East Oil 297 292 294 5 1.7% 3 1.0%

Gas 98 99 92 -1 -1.0% 6 6.5%

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

Total 395 391 386 4 1.0% 9 2.3%
Africa Oil 53 57 47 -4 -7.0% 6 12.8%

Gas 18 20 20 -2 -10.0% -2 -10.0%

Mis 8 7 10 1 14.3% -2 -20.0%

Total 79 84 77 -5 -6.0% 2 2.6%
Latin America Oil 158 172 166 -14 -8.1% -8 -4.8%

Gas 18 18 20 0 0.0% -2 -10.0%

Mis 1 1 3 0 0.0% -2 -66.7%

Total 177 191 189 -14 -7.3% -12 -6.3%
Asia Pacific Oil 140 141 136 -1 -0.7% 4 2.9%

Gas 41 43 44 -2 -4.7% -3 -6.8%

Mis 8 11 10 -3 -27.3% -2 -20.0%

Total 189 195 190 -6 -3.1% -1 -0.5%


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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