The Baker Hughes (BHI) North America Rig Count fell another 66 rigs for the week ending March 29, as both the United States (US) and Canada declined.
The U.S. rig count declined by 10 to 1016, but remains 21 rigs above the previous year. A new study finds the U.S. will overcome Saudi Arabia in 2019 as the world’s top oil exporter.
Rigs classified as drilling for oil in the U.S. declined by 8 rig to 816, but are still 19 rigs more than the prior year’s level. Rigs classified as drilling for gas fell by 2 to 190, which is 4 less than last year.
The rig count for Canada declined by 56 to 105, and remains 56 rigs below the previous year.
For Canada, rigs classified as drilling for oil fell another 14 to 35, and are now 36 fewer than one year ago. Rigs classified as drilling for gas were down by 3 to 53, which is 10 less than last year.
The Gulf of Mexico, while a subset of the U.S., is a separately counted component. It rose by 3 rigs to 23, which is 11 rigs higher than one year ago.
The Baker Hughes Rig Count tracks weekly changes in the number of active rigs classified as drilling for either oil or gas. Active rigs are essential for the exploration and development of oil and gas fields.