Maximum and minimum international oil and gas rig count 1975-2019

This statistic displays the highest and lowest international oil and gas rig counts that have been recorded since 1975 until 2019. The lowest international oil and gas rig count that was recorded since 1975 was in August 1999, at 556 rigs.

Highest and lowest international oil and gas rig count between 1975 and 2019*

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Source

Release date

2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

1975 to 2019

Supplementary notes

* The International Rotary Rig Count is a monthly census of active drilling rigs exploring for or developing oil or natural gas outside North America (U.S. and Canada) that is carried out by the source. This data does not include rigs drilling in Russia, the Caspian region, Iran, Sudan, Cuba, North Korea or onshore China. Iraq was excluded from the International Rotary Rig Count for the period of September 1990 to May 2012. Syria is currently excluded from the International Rotary Rig Count since February 2012 due to difficulty obtaining data as a result of the continued civil unrest.

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