According to Baker Hughes data from April 8, 2016, the U.S rig count for the week was 443 rigs exploring for or developing oil or natural gas. This is a decrease of 7 rigs when compared to last week, with oil rigs down 8 to 354 rigs, gas rigs up 1 to 89 rigs, and miscellaneous rigs unchanged at 0 rigs. Compared to this time last year, the 443 count is down 545 rigs, with oil rigs down 406, gas rigs down 136, and miscellaneous rigs down 2.
The Canadian rig count decreased by 8 to 41 rigs this past week, with oil rigs down 3 to 8 rigs and gas rigs down 5 to 33 rigs. Compared to last year the 41 count is a decrease of 58 rigs, with oil rigs down 12 and gas rigs down 46. International rigs decreased by 33 to 985 rigs for the month of March, a decrease of 266 rigs from the same month one year ago. For a history of both the US and Canadian rig count, visit the Steel Market Update website 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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