In 2018, the average monthly number of operating oil and gas drilling rigs in the world increased. Last year, this figure increased to 2,211 units compared to 2,029 in 2017.
According to the data of the American oil service company Baker Hughes, last month the global number of drilling rigs decreased to 2,244 against 2,266 in November. At the same time, the December figure was 155 above the level for the same month of 2017.
In the US, the number of installations last month increased by 1 relative to November and amounted to 1078, while in Canada it collapsed by 57, to 141 (at least since may 2018). Thus, according to Finmarket, North America currently accounts for 54.3% of the world's drilling operations against 56.3% in November.
In Europe, the number of drilling rigs over the past month increased by 12 - to 95 (maximum since may 2017), in the Asia-Pacific region - by 9, to 231 (the highest level since March 2015), in Latin America - by 8, to 197, in Africa - by 5, to 108. Meanwhile, in the middle East, the number of installations has not changed-394.