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North American Rotary Rig Counts

The U.S. rotary rig count from Baker Hughes was up 2 at 931 for the week of December 8, 2017. It is 307 rigs (49.2%) higher than last year.

The number of rotary rigs drilling for oil was up 2 at 751. There are 253 more rigs targeting oil than last year. Rigs drilling for oil are 80.7 percent of all drilling activity. 

Rigs targeting natural gas were unchanged at 180. The number of rigs drilling for gas is 55 higher than last year's level of 125.

Year-over-year oil exploration in the U.S. is up 50.8 percent. Gas exploration is up 44.0 percent. The weekly average of crude oil spot prices is 11.9 percent higher last year and natural gas spot prices are 22.9 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 3 at 219 for the week of December 8, 2017 and is 11 (4.8%) lower than last year. Rigs targeting oil were up 1 at 112 and are 5 (4.8%) lower than last year. Gas directed rig count at 107 was down 4 and is 5 rigs (4.5%) 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

12/08/2017 12/01/2017 12/09/2016 Weekly Annual Weekly Annual
Total U.S. 931 929 624 2 307 0.2% 49.2%
Offshore 20 20 22 0 (2) 0.0% -9.1%
Land 911 909 602 2 309 0.2% 51.3%
Inland Waters 2 1 1 1 1 100.0% 100.0%
Oil 751 749 498 2 253 0.3% 50.8%
Percent 80.7% 80.6% 79.8% 0.0% 0.9%

Gas 180 180 125 0 55 0.0% 44.0%
Percent 19.3% 19.4% 20.0% -0.0% -0.7%

Directional 71 71 51 0 20 0.0% 39.2%
Horizontal 796 792 503 4 293 0.5% 58.3%
Vertical 64 66 70 -2 -6 -3.0% -8.6%
Gulf of Mexico 20 20 22 0 -2 0.0% -9.1%
Gulf Oil 16 16 22 0 -6 0.0% -27.3%
Percent 80.0% 80.0% 100.0% 0.0% -20.0%

Gulf Gas 4 4 0 0 4 0.0% n.a.
Percent 20.0% 20.0% 0.0% 0.0% 20.0%

Canada 219 222 230 (3) (11) -1.4% -4.8%
Oil 112 111 117 1 (5) 0.9% -4.3%
Percent 51.1% 50.0% 50.9% 1.1% 0.3%

Gas 107 111 112 (4) (5) -3.6% -4.5%
Percent 48.9% 50.0% 48.7% -1.1% 0.2%

North America 1,150 1,151 854 (1) 296 -0.1% 34.7%
Prices






Oil $/bbl. $57.01 $57.82 $50.97 ($0.81) $6.04 -1.4% 11.9%
Oil $/mmbtu $9.83 $9.97 $8.79 ($0.14) $1.04 -1.4% 11.9%
Gas $/mmbtu $2.85 $2.91 $3.70 ($0.07) ($0.85) -2.3% -22.9%

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
Workover Rig Count
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Workover Rig Count
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