According to Baker Hughes data from August 29th 2014, the U.S rig count for this week is 1,914 rigs exploring for or developing oil or natural gas. This count is an increase of 18 rigs when compared to last week, with oil rigs up 11 to 1,575 rigs, gas rigs up 8 to 338 rigs, and miscellaneous rigs down 1 to 1 rig. Compared to last year the 1,914 count is an increase of 138 rigs, with oil rigs up by 187 gas rigs down by 42, and miscellaneous rigs down by 7.
The Canadian rig count increased by 4 to 409 rigs this week, with oil rigs down 5 to 231 rigs and gas rigs up 9 to 178 rigs. Compared to last year the 409 count is an increase of 10 rigs, with oil rigs down by 25 and gas rigs up by 35. International rigs increased by 38 to 1,382 rigs for the month of July, an increase of 77 rigs from the same month one year ago. For a history of both the US and Canadian rig count click here.
About the Rotary Rig Count
A rotary rig is one that rotates the drill pipe from the surface to either drill a new well or sidetracking an existing one. They are drilled to explore for, develop and produce oil or natural gas. The Baker Hughes Rotary Rig count includes only those rigs that are significant consumers of oilfield services and supplies.
The Baker Hughes North American Rotary Rig Count is a weekly census of the number of drilling rigs actively exploring for or developing oil or natural gas in the United States and Canada. Rigs considered active must be on location and drilling. They are considered active from the time they break ground until the time they reach their target depth.
The Baker Hughes International Rotary Rig Count is a monthly census of active drilling rigs exploring for or developing oil or natural gas outside of the United States and Canada. International rigs considered active must be drilling at least 15 days during the month. The Baker Hughes International Rotary Rig Count does not include rigs drilling in Russia or onshore China.
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