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North American Rotary Rig Counts

The U.S. rotary rig count from Baker Hughes was up 2 at 859 for the week of June 26, 2015. It is 1,014 rigs (54.1%) lower than last year. This is the first increase in rig count since December 5, 2014.

The number of rotary rigs drilling for oil was down 3 at 628. There are 930 fewer rigs targeting oil than last year. Rigs drilling for oil represent 73.1 percent of all drilling activity. 

Rigs directed toward natural gas were up 5 at 228. The number of rigs drilling for gas is 86 lower than last year's level of 314.

Year-over-year oil exploration in the U.S. is down 54.1 percent. Gas exploration is down 27.4 percent. The weekly average of crude oil spot prices is 43.1 percent lower than last year and natural gas spot prices are 37.9 percent lower than last year. Daily crude oil and natural gas futures and spot prices are available on our site.

Canadian rig activity was down 1 at 135 for the week of June 26, 2015 and is 101 (42.8%) lower than last year. The number of rigs drilling for oil was up 2 at 76 and is 65 (46.1%) lower than last year. Gas directed rig count at 59 was down 3 and is 36 rigs (37.9%) 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.

North American Rig Count
Change
Percent Change

06/26/2015 06/19/2015 06/27/2014 Weekly Annual Weekly Annual
Total U.S. 859 857 1,873 2 (1,014) 0.2% -54.1%
Offshore 28 27 55 1 (27) 3.7% -49.1%
Land 831 830 1,818 1 (987) 0.1% -54.3%
Inland Waters 7 5 18 2 (11) 40.0% -61.1%
Oil 628 631 1,558 (3) (930) -0.5% -59.7%
Percent 73.1% 73.6% 83.2% -0.5% -10.1%

Gas 228 223 314 5 (86) 2.2% -27.4%
Percent 26.5% 26.0% 16.8% 0.5% 9.8%

Directional 98 95 229 3 -131 3.2% -57.2%
Horizontal 654 662 1,263 -8 -609 -1.2% -48.2%
Vertical 107 100 381 7 -274 7.0% -71.9%
Gulf of Mexico 28 27 54 1 -26 3.7% -48.1%
Gulf Oil 20 19 41 1 -21 5.3% -51.2%
Percent 71.4% 70.4% 75.9% 1.1% -4.5%

Gulf Gas 8 8 13 0 -5 0.0% -38.5%
Percent 28.6% 29.6% 24.1% -1.1% 4.5%

Canada 135 136 236 (1) (101) -0.7% -42.8%
Oil 76 74 141 2 (65) 2.7% -46.1%
Percent 56.3% 54.4% 59.7% 1.9% -3.4%

Gas 59 62 95 (3) (36) -4.8% -37.9%
Percent 43.7% 45.6% 40.3% -1.9% 3.4%

North America 994 993 2,109 1 (1,115) 0.1% -52.9%
Prices
Oil $/bbl. $60.34 $59.88 $106.05 $0.46 ($45.71) 0.8% -43.1%
Oil $/mmbtu $10.40 $10.32 $18.28 $0.08 ($7.88) 0.8% -43.1%
Gas $/mmbtu $2.79 $2.88 $4.49 ($0.09) ($1.70) -3.1% -37.9%

Monthly: International Rig Counts

International rig count, which excludes the US and Canada, was down 24 to 1,251 for the month of  March 2015 and is 94 rigs (7.0%) lower than last year's 1,345 rigs.

The total number of rotary rigs worldwide in March was 2,557 down 429 from Fabruary and 1,040 (28.9%) lower than last year.

Worldwide Rotary Rig Count Change
Percent Change

Mar 2015 Feb 2014 Mar 2014 Monthly Annual Monthly Annual
Latin America 351 355 406 (4) (55) -1.1% -13.5%
Europe 135 133 148 2 (13) 1.5% -8.8%
Africa 125 132 132 (7) (7) -5.3% -5.3%
Middle East 407 415 401 (8) 6 -1.9% 1.5%
Far East 233 240 258 (7) (25) -2.9% -9.7%
International 1,251 1,275 1,345 (24) (94) -1.9% -7.0%
Canada 196 363 449 (167) (253) -46.0% -56.3%
United States 1,110 1,348 1,803 (238) (693) -17.7% -38.4%
World 2,557 2,986 3,597 (429) (1,040) -14.4% -28.9%

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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Short Term
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 - International
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Rotary Rig Count - World
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Workover Rig Count
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