U.S. Oil Rig Count Update – 1/20/22
According to Baker Hughes, U.S. oil rig counts reached a 21 month high level during the week ending Jan 14th. Jan 14th week ending oil rig counts increased 2.3% from the previous week while finishing 71.4% above previous year levels. Oil rig counts remained 26.9% below pre-pandemic seasonal levels and 44.6% below the three and a half year high levels experienced during November of 2018, however. The current rebound in oil rig counts has been slower than rebounds from cyclical lows experienced throughout both 2009 and 2016.
Oil rig counts declined sharply throughout the first half of 2020 in response to lower WTI crude oil prices. More recently, WTI crude oil prices rebounded to a seven year level during the final week of October, prior to declining three percent since.
Crude oil production volumes reached a 15 month high level during the final week of August, prior to returning to a six month low level during the first week of September, a result of declines associated with Hurricane Ida. Crude oil production levels rebounded to 20 month high levels throughout more recent weeks, however oil production per rig declined to a 21 month low level during the week ending Jan 14th.
Oil Rig Counts Followed Crude Oil Prices Lower Prior to Rebounding Throughout 2021
Jan 14th Oil Rig Counts Increased 2.3% Week-Over-Week While Finishing 71.4% Higher YOY
Oil Rig Counts Have Finished Flat to Higher Over 33 of the Past 37 Weeks Through Jan 14th
The Current Rebound in U.S. Oil Rig Counts Remains Slower Than Previous Cycles
Horizontal Rigs Have Accounted for 94% of the Rebound in Total Rigs Since Aug ’20
Jan 14th Crude Oil Production Volumes Remained Near Recent 20 Month High Levels
Jan 14th Crude Oil Production per Rig Declined to a 21 Month Low Level