December 2019 Rig Counts from Baker Hughes

Source: press release, 8 January 2020

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 has announced that the Baker Hughes international rig count for December 2019 was 1,104, up 8 from the 1,096 counted in November 2019, and up 79 from the 1,025 counted in December 2018. The international offshore rig count for December 2019 was 257, up 10 from the 247 counted in November 2019, and up 23 from the 234 counted in December 2018.

The average US rig count for December 2019 was 804, down 6 from the 810 counted in November 2019, and down 274 from the 1,078 counted in December 2018. The average Canadian rig count for December 2019 was 135, down 1 from the 136 counted in November 2019, and down 6 from the 141 counted in December 2018.

The worldwide rig count for December 2019 was 2,043, up 1 from the 2,042 counted in November 2019, and down 201 from the 2,244 counted in December 2018.

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.

Additional detailed information on the Baker Hughes rig counts is available here.