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Number of oil and gas rigs by world region January 2019

Number of oil and gas rigs worldwide as of January 2019, by region and type

by M. Garside, last edited Feb 5, 2019
Number of oil and gas rigs by world region  January 2019 This statistic displays the number of oil and gas rigs worldwide by region and type, as of January 2019. At that point, there were 85 offshore rigs in the Asia Pacific region, while there were 137 on land. Oil and gas rigs can be operated on land or water. Oil and gas drilling rigs are machines that drill holes in the Earth in order to extract oil and natural gas.
Oil and gas rigs worldwide

Alternatively, oil platforms (or offshore platforms/rigs) are structures that do any of the following: drill oil and gas wells in the ocean floor, extract and process oil and gas, or store oil and gas for short periods of time. Offshore oil platforms also often house the crew that works on them. The highest global oil and gas rig counts by density in terms of offshore rigs occur in the North Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, with 184 and 175 rigs respectively in those regions as of January 2018. On land, the highest world rig count occurs in the Middle East, with 283 oil and gas rigs in operation there as of January 2019.

With the recent downturn in the global oil and gas industry, the number of oil and gas rigs in operation has been declining. With this decline in operation, a decline in oil and gas rig employment has followed. Decommissioning offshore oil platforms is on the rise as well, with costs projected to increase significantly in the next few decades.
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Number of oil and gas rigs worldwide as of January 2019, by region and type

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by M. Garside, last edited Feb 5, 2019
This statistic displays the number of oil and gas rigs worldwide by region and type, as of January 2019. At that point, there were 85 offshore rigs in the Asia Pacific region, while there were 137 on land. Oil and gas rigs can be operated on land or water. Oil and gas drilling rigs are machines that drill holes in the Earth in order to extract oil and natural gas.
Oil and gas rigs worldwide

Alternatively, oil platforms (or offshore platforms/rigs) are structures that do any of the following: drill oil and gas wells in the ocean floor, extract and process oil and gas, or store oil and gas for short periods of time. Offshore oil platforms also often house the crew that works on them. The highest global oil and gas rig counts by density in terms of offshore rigs occur in the North Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, with 184 and 175 rigs respectively in those regions as of January 2018. On land, the highest world rig count occurs in the Middle East, with 283 oil and gas rigs in operation there as of January 2019.

With the recent downturn in the global oil and gas industry, the number of oil and gas rigs in operation has been declining. With this decline in operation, a decline in oil and gas rig employment has followed. Decommissioning offshore oil platforms is on the rise as well, with costs projected to increase significantly in the next few decades.
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