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Global number of land and offshore oil rigs 2000-2019

Most of the world's oil rigs are located on land. At the end of 2019, there were 1,629 operational onshore oil rigs, compared with 280 offshore rigs. The decline in offshore rigs is mainly due to a fall in proved reserves in the Permian Basin and the North Sea. The annual average that year was 2,177, a slight decrease compared to 2018. Most oil rigs are located in the Middle East, where some 331 onshore units were used for oil extraction in May 2020.

Number of land and offshore oil rigs worldwide at the end of each year from 2000 to 2019

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Release date

June 2020



Survey time period

2000 to 2019

Supplementary notes

The statistic was assembled using two different reports, totals for North America were found here.

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