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Rig Count & Utilization 2017-09-16T10:54:17+00:00

Global Oil & Gas Rig Count & Analysis

We keep track of the numbers for you.

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Rig Count Summary

Rig Count Summary

Area Last Count Count Change from Prior Count Date of Prior Count Change from Last Year Date of Last Year’s Count
U.S. 15 September 2017 936 -8 8  September 2017 +430 16 September 2016
Canada 15 September 2017 212 +10 8 September 2017 +80 16 September 2016
International August 2017 952 -7 July 2017 +15 August 2016

Global Rig Count

2017 Global Rig Count

Latin America Europe Africa Middle East Asia Pacific Total Intl. Canada U.S. Total World
Jan 176 98 79 382 198 933 302 683 1918
Feb 179 107 77 382 196 941 342 744 2027
Mar 185 94 80 386 198 943 253 789 1985
Apr 182 91 89 389 205 956 108 853 1917
May 190 95 84 391 197 957 85 893 1935
Jun  192 91 86 397 194  960  150 931  2041
Jul  196  82  89  397  195  959  198 953 2110
Aug  191  91  84  391  195  952  217  947  2116
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Avg. 186 94 83 389 198 950 205 935 1990

Frequently Asked Questions

Rig in North America are only counted as active if the rig is on location and drilling or ‘turning to the right’. A rig is considered active from the moment the well is “spudded” until it reaches Target Depth (TD). Rigs that are in transit from one location to another, rigging up or being used in non-drilling activities such as workovers, completions or production testing, are not counted as active.

Rig operating outside of North America are counted on a weekly basis and deemed active if drilling activities occurred during the majority of the week. The weekly results are averaged for the month and published each month. A rig is considered drilling if it is turning to the right, in other words, the well is underway but has not reached the Target Depth (TD). Rigs that are in transit from one location to another, rigging up, or are being used for non-drilling activities including production testing, completion, and workovers are not included in the active rig count.

Based on available data since 1940 the highest weekly US rig count was 4,530 recorded on December 28, 1981. The lowest US rig count was recorded in 2016 following a steep drop in active rigs due to the oil price crash. Canada recorded the highest weekly rig count of 727 on February 3, 2006 and the lowest weekly rig count of 29 was recorded on April 24,1992.

Based on data from 1975 the highest international rig count was 1,509, which was recorded in November 1982. The lowest international rig count of 556 was recorded in August 1999.

The international rig count is a monthly census of active drilling rigs exploring for or developing oil or natural gas outside North America (U.S. and Canada). The international rig count does not include rigs drilling in North Korea, onshore China, Iran, Russia, the Caspian region, Cuba or Sudan. Due to the difficulty in obtaining data as a result of continued civil unrest Syria is currently excluded from the rig count.

Notes

We use data from Baker Hughes and other sources to track international oil and gas rig counts and utilization.