Africa Bucks The Trend Of Decreasing Rig Count

Worldwide rig count for March 2013 was 3,488, down 191 from the 3,679 counted in February 2013 and down 175 from the 3,663 counted in March 2012.
The figures are compiled monthly by Baker Hughes, a  supplier of oilfield services, products, technology and systems to the worldwide oil and natural gas industry.
Africa’s rig count, however increased to 115 in March up by two from the 113 counted in February 2013 and up 26

from the 89 counted in March 2012.

March 2013 Rotary Rig Counts

March 2013

Month

February 2013

March 2012

Land

OS

Total

Variance

Land

OS

Total

Land

OS

Total

Europe

80

53

133

-2

82

53

135

67

42

109

Middle East*

295

41

336

-14

308

42

350

266

46

312

Africa

83

32

115

2

77

36

113

54

35

89

Latin America

352

85

437

10

339

88

427

351

87

438

Asia Pacific

142

105

247

-3

146

104

250

151

93

244

International

952

316

1,268

-7

952

323

1,275

889

303

1,192

United States

1,705

51

1,756

-6

1,708

54

1,762

1,936

43

1,979

Canada

462

2

464

-178

641

1

642

492

0

492

North America

2,167

53

2,220

-184

2,349

55

2,404

2,428

43

2,471

Worldwide

3,119

369

3,488

-191

3,301

378

3,679

3,317

346

3,663

* The Middle East rig count excludes rigs in Syria for February and March 2013 and Iraq for March 2012.


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