Environment and Energy

Active Drill Rigs: US Flat, Canada Up Modestly

Written by Becca Moczygemba

The number of active drilling rigs remained flat this week in the US and increased by one in Canada, according to data from oilfield services company Baker Hughes.

Counts have been trending in different directions in recent weeks. Drilling activity in the US continues to improve, although it is still not back to pre-Covid levels.

The number of oil and gas rigs in operation is important to the steel industry because it is a leading indicator of demand for oil country tubular goods (OCTG), a key end market for steel sheet.

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The number of active US rigs remained flat versus last week, with oil rigs unchanged at 627, gas rigs unchanged at 155, and miscellaneous rigs unchanged from last week at two. Compared to this time last year, this week’s US count is up 215 rigs, with oil rigs up 160, gas rigs up 53, and miscellaneous rigs up two. See Figure 1 for a history of active US rig counts.

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The Canadian rig count rose by one this week to 195 rigs, with oil rigs down one, gas rigs up two, and miscellaneous rigs unchanged. This week’s count is up 15 rigs compared to levels one year ago, with oil rigs up 15, gas rigs unchanged, and miscellaneous rigs unchanged. See Figure 2 for a history of active Canadian rig counts.

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International rigs increased by 1 to 910 rigs for the month of November and are up 93 rigs from the same month one year ago.

For more in-depth information on the energy market, Steel Market Update publishes an “Energy Update” report each month covering oil and natural gas prices, detailed rig count data, and oil stock levels. Our November report is available here for Premium members.

For a history of both the US and Canadian rig count, visit the Rig Count page on 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 to side track an existing one. Wells 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 US 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 US and Canada. International rigs considered active must be drilling for at least 15 days of the month. The Baker Hughes International Rotary Rig Count does not include rigs drilling in Russia or onshore in China.

By Becca Moczygemba, Becca@SteelMarketUpdate.com


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