The average U.S. rig count for December 2016 was 634, up 54 from the 580 counted in November 2016, and down 80 from the 714 counted in December 2015. The average Canadian rig count for December 2016 was 209, up 36 from the 173 counted in November 2016, and up 49 from the 160 counted in December 2015.

The worldwide rig count for December 2016 was 1,772, up 94 from the 1,678 counted in November 2016, and down 197 from the 1,969 counted in December 2015.

December 2016 Rotary Rig Counts

                                                           
   

December 2016

          November 2016     December 2015
   

 

   

 

   

 

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Land

   

Offshore

   

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Land

   

Offshore

   

Total

   

Land

   

Offshore

   

Total

                                                           
Latin America   152     32     184     3     153     28     181     213     57     270
Europe   64     35     99     2     64     33     97     79     35     114
Africa   67     11     78     -1     67     12     79     64     27     91
Middle East   331     45     376     -4     334     46     380     367     55     422
Asia Pacific   105     87     192     4     96     92     188     122     76     198
International   719     210     929     4     714     211     925     845     250     1,095
                                                           
United States   611     23     634     54     558     22     580     690     24     714
Canada   207     2     209     36     171     2     173     160     0     160

North America

  818     25     843     90     729     24     753     850     24     874
                                                           

Worldwide

  1,537     235     1,772     94     1,443     235     1,678     1,695     274     1,969
                                                           

About the Baker Hughes Rig Counts

The Baker Hughes Rotary Rig Counts are counts of the number of drilling rigs actively exploring for or developing oil or natural gas in the U.S., Canada and international markets. Baker Hughes has issued the rotary rig counts as a service to the petroleum industry since 1944, when Hughes Tool Company began weekly counts of the U.S. and Canadian drilling activity. Baker Hughes initiated the monthly international rig count in 1975.

The North American rig count is scheduled to be released at noon Central time on the last working day of each week. The international rig count is scheduled to be released on the fifth working day of the month at 5:00 a.m. Central time. Additional detailed information on the Baker Hughes rig counts is available from our website.

Baker Hughes is a leading supplier of oilfield services, products, technology and systems to the worldwide oil and natural gas industry. The company's 34,000 employees today work in more than 80 countries helping customers find, evaluate, drill, produce, transport and process hydrocarbon resources. For more information about Baker Hughes, visit: www.bakerhughes.com.