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North American Rotary Rig Counts

The U.S. rotary rig count was up 12 at 1,883 for the week of July 25, 2014. It is 107 rigs (6.0%) higher than last year.

The number of rotary rigs drilling for oil was up 8 at 1,562. There are 161 more rigs targeting oil than last year. Rigs drilling for oil represent 83.0 percent of all drilling activity. 

Rigs directed toward natural gas were up 3 at 318. The number of rigs drilling for gas is 51 lower than last year's level of 369.

Year-over-year oil exploration in the U.S. is up 11.5 percent. Gas exploration is down 13.8 percent. The weekly average of crude oil spot prices is 2.9 percent lower than last year and natural gas spot prices are 3.6 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 14 at 395 for the week of July 25, 2014 and is 66 (20.1%) higher than last year's rig count. The number of rigs drilling for oil was up 12 at 238 and is 20 (9.2%) higherr than last year. Gas directed rig count at 1557 was up 2 and is 46 rigs (41.4%) 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

07/25/2014 07/18/2014 07/26/2013 Weekly Annual Weekly Annual
Total U.S. 1,883 1,871 1,776 12 107 0.6% 6.0%
Offshore 60 57 58 3 2 5.3% 3.4%
Land 1,823 1,814 1,718 9 105 0.5% 6.1%
Inland Waters 18 18 22 0 (4) 0.0% -18.2%
Oil 1,562 1,554 1,401 8 161 0.5% 11.5%
Percent 83.0% 83.1% 78.9% -0.1% 4.1%

Gas 318 315 369 3 (51) 1.0% -13.8%
Percent 16.9% 16.8% 20.8% 0.1% -3.9%

Directional 229 217 287 12 -58 5.5% -20.2%
Horizontal 1,293 1,288 1,067 5 226 0.4% 21.2%
Vertical 361 366 422 -5 -61 -1.4% -14.5%
Gulf of Mexico 59 57 54 2 5 3.5% 9.3%
Gulf Oil 43 42 40 1 3 2.4% 7.5%
Percent 72.9% 73.7% 74.1% -0.8% -1.2%

Gulf Gas 16 15 14 1 2 6.7% 14.3%
Percent 27.1% 26.3% 25.9% 0.8% 1.2%

Canada 395 381 329 14 66 3.7% 20.1%
Oil 238 226 218 12 20 5.3% 9.2%
Percent 60.3% 59.3% 66.3% 0.9% -6.0%

Gas 157 155 111 2 46 1.3% 41.4%
Percent 39.7% 40.7% 33.7% -0.9% 6.0%

North America 2,278 2,252 2,105 26 173 1.2% 8.2%
Prices
Oil $/bbl. $102.84 $101.66 $105.94 $1.17 ($3.11) 1.2% -2.9%
Oil $/mmbtu $17.73 $17.53 $18.27 $0.20 ($0.54) 1.2% -2.9%
Gas $/mmbtu $3.80 $4.05 $3.67 ($0.25) $0.13 -6.1% 3.6%

Monthly: International Rig Counts

International rig count, which excludes the US and Canada, was down 6 to 1,344 for the month of  June 2014 and is 11 rigs (0.8%) above last year's 1,333 rigs.

The total number of rotary rigs worldwide in June was 3,445 up 74 from May and 168 (5.1%) higher than last year.

Worldwide Rotary Rig Count Change
Percent Change

June 2014 May 2014 June 2013 Monthly Annual Monthly Annual
Latin America 398 404 423 (6) (25) -1.5% -5.9%
Europe 147 149 138 (2) 9 -1.3% 6.5%
Africa 123 140 133 (17) (10) -12.1% -7.5%
Middle East 425 414 389 11 36 2.7% 9.3%
Far East 251 243 250 8 1 3.3% 0.4%
International 1,344 1,350 1,333 (6) 11 -0.4% 0.8%
Canada 240 162 183 78 57 48.1% 31.1%
United States 1,861 1,859 1,761 2 100 0.1% 5.7%
World 3,445 3,371 3,277 74 168 2.2% 5.1%

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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Workover Rig Count
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