According to Baker Hughes data from December 5th, 2014, the U.S rig count for this week is 1,920 rigs exploring for or developing oil or natural gas. This count is an increase of 3 rigs when compared to last week, with oil rigs up 3 to 1,575 rigs, gas rigs unchanged at 344 rigs, and miscellaneous rigs unchanged at 1 rig. Compared to last year the 1,920 count is an increase of 145 rigs, with oil rigs up by 178, gas rigs down by 31, and miscellaneous rigs down by 2.
The Canadian rig count decreased by 16 to 422 rigs this week, with oil rigs down 17 to 212 rigs and gas rigs up 1 to 210 rigs. Compared to last year the 422 count is an increase of 20 rigs, with oil rigs down by 18 and gas rigs up by 38. International rigs increased by 16 to 1,324 rigs for the month of November, an increase of 13 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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