August 2018 rig counts from BHGE

Source: press release, 10 September 2018

International rig counts from Baker Hughes
Baker Hughes has issued rig counts as a service to the petroleum industry since 1944, when Hughes Tool Company began weekly counts of the US and Canadian drilling activity (photo: Baker Hughes)

Baker Hughes, a GE company has announced that the Baker Hughes international rig count for August 2018 was 1,008, up 11 from the 997 counted in July 2018, and up 56 from the 952 counted in August 2017. The international offshore rig count for August 2018 was 212, down 5 from the 217 counted in July 2018, and up 11 from the 201 counted in August 2017.

The average US rig count for August 2018 was unchanged at 1,050 counted in July 2018, and up 103 from the 947 counted in August 2017. The average Canadian rig count for August 2018 was 220, up 16 from the 204 counted in July 2018, and up 3 from the 217 counted in August 2017.

The worldwide rig count for August 2018 was 2,278, up 27 from the 2,251 counted in July 2018, and up 162 from the 2,116 counted in August 2017.

The Baker Hughes rig counts comprise the total number of drilling rigs actively exploring for or developing oil or natural gas in the US, Canada and international markets. The company has issued the rig counts as a service to the petroleum industry since 1944, when Hughes Tool Company began weekly counts of the US and Canadian drilling activity. The monthly international rig count was initiated in 1975.