According to Baker Hughes data from April 2nd, 2015, the U.S rig count for the week was 988 rigs exploring for or developing oil or natural gas. The last time the active U.S. count was this low was back in late-August 2009 at 968 rigs.
This week’s total rig count is down 40 rigs when compared to last week, with oil rigs down 42 to 760 rigs, gas rigs up 3 to 225 rigs, and miscellaneous rigs down 1 to 3 rigs. Compared to this time last year, the 988 count is down 843 rigs, with oil rigs down by 757, gas rigs down by 85, and miscellaneous rigs down by 1.
The decline in the drilling of new gas and oil wells is having a direct impact on the amount of line pipe, storage tanks, and OCTG that is being used by the energy sector. A good portion of these products come from hot rolled coil or plate substrate, and are reasons for both the short lead times on hot rolled and plate at North American steel producers and the falling steel prices we have seen going back to mid-2014.
The situation in Canada is worse than the U.S. with total rigs down over 50 percent compared to one year ago, The Canadian rig count decreased by 1 to 99 rigs this past week, with oil rigs unchanged at 20 rigs and gas rigs down 1 to 79 rigs. Compared to last year the 99 count is a decrease of 113 rigs, with oil rigs down by 73 and gas rigs down by 40. International rigs decreased by 24 to 1,251 rigs for the month of March, a decrease of 94 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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