January 2020 Rig Counts from Baker Hughes

Source: press release, 7 February 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 January 2020 was 1,078, down 26 from the 1,104 counted in December 2019, and up 54 from the 1,024 counted in January 2019. The international offshore rig count for January 2020 was 245, down 12 from the 257 counted in December 2019, and up 3 from the 242 counted in January 2019.

The average US rig count for January 2020 was 791, down 13 from the 804 counted in December 2019, and down 274 from the 1,065 counted in January 2019. The average Canadian rig count for January 2020 was 204, up 69 from the 135 counted in December 2019, and up 28 from the 176 counted in January 2019.

The worldwide rig count for January 2020 was 2,073, up 30 from the 2,043 counted in December 2020, and down 192 from the 2,265 counted in January 2019.

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.