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Friday, October 20, 2017

Rig Count

Offshore Rig Counts Unchanged

The offshore rig count pattern of recent weeks continues. According to Offshore Data Services' weekly mobile offshore rig count, the U.S. Gulf of Mexico rig count increased and the European offshore rig count declined. A three-rig increase in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico rig count since last week boosted that number to 142. Fleet size remains unchanged at 190 rigs. Fleet utilization is 74.7 percent. The continuing increases in rig demand in the region have resulted in rising rig rates, primarily for units that work in the Gulf's shallower waters. A two-rig decline in the European offshore rig count continues the downward trend in the region's rig demand that is expected to continue into next year. This week, 75 of 106 mobile offshore drilling units in European waters are under contract. European offshore drilling fleet utilization is 70.8 percent this week. Changes in the U.S. Gulf, European and other area's offshore rig counts resulted in a net one-rig decline in worldwide offshore rig utilization. This week, 471 of the world's 631 mobile offshore drilling rigs are under contract. Worldwide offshore rig utilization is 74.6 percent.

GOM Rig Count Up One

The U.S. Gulf of Mexico offshore rig count rose by one from last week, continuing its rise, with 166 of the region's 200 mobile offshore drilling units under contract, according to Offshore Data Services Inc. (ODS). Gulf of Mexico utilization rose to 83 percent, its highest level in 22 months. The worldwide rig count remained steady. ODS said there were 641 rigs worldwide with 525 under contract. Fleet utilization rate was at 81.9 percent

Offshore Rig Utilization Declines Slightly

Worldwide offshore rig utilization declined slightly since last week, according to Offshore Data Services' weekly mobile offshore rig count. Two less mobile offshore drilling rigs are under contract worldwide this week compared to last week. With 484 of the world's 634 offshore drilling rigs now under contract, worldwide offshore rig utilization is 76.3 percent. A one-rig decline in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico rig count occurred since last week

Worldwide, Regional Offshore Rig Counts Show Little Movement

Worldwide and regional offshore rig counts showed little change since last week, according to Offshore Data Services' weekly mobile offshore rig count. In the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, one less rig is under contract this week compared to last week. In addition, one rig is moving into the area from Europe. The rig does not yet have a contract, but is expected to have work shortly after arrival. U.S. Gulf of Mexico rig utilization fell to 73.5 percent this week from 74

Offshore Rig Counts Mixed

The worldwide offshore rig demand declined since last week, according to Offshore Data Services' weekly mobile offshore rig count. While demand in the U.S. Gulf improved, European rig demand continues to suffer. In European waters, 74 offshore drilling rigs are under contract this week, a one-rig net decline from last week, and a 10-rig fall from two months ago. The 106-rig European offshore drilling fleet's utilization rate is 69.8 percent

US Rig Count Recovery Hinges on $50 Oil Post-OPEC Meeting

U.S. oil drilling has seen its best quarter since crude prices tumbled two years ago mainly due to small operators returning to the well pad, but analysts say the continued recovery in the rig count depends on whether OPEC's output reduction plan can bring the market back to $50 a barrel.   Since May, drillers have added 100 oil rigs with the rig count rising to 416 rigs last week, that included the most additions in a quarter since the first quarter of 2014

Offshore Rig Counts Unchanged

The number of mobile offshore drilling rigs under contract is unchanged from last week, according to Offshore Data Services' weekly mobile offshore rig count. In the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, 139 of 190 mobile offshore drilling rig are under contract this week. U.S. Gulf drilling fleet utilization is 73.2 percent. Among the working rigs is a new deepwater drillship, which has moved to its first drilling location. In the North Sea, Mediterranean Sea and other European waters

Baker Hughes Rig Count Down 7

The number of rigs searching for oil and natural gas in the United States fell by seven to 1,225 during the week ending May 18, according to oil services firm Baker Hughes. Last year the number of U.S. rigs was 841, Baker Hughes said. Meanwhile, the number of rigs exploring for oil and gas in Canada gained 24, compared to 182 last year. The number of rigs in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico fell by four to 160, compared to 135 a year ago.

North American Rig Count Up

The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in North America rose by 23 during the week ending October 20, because of a gain of 14 in Canada and helped by an increase of nine in the United States, according to oil services firm Baker Hughes Inc. The number of rigs operating in the United States rose by nine to 1054 compared to 750 a year ago, while the number of rigs in Canada rose by 14 to 352, compared with last year's 292, according to Baker Hughes. In the U.S

US Oil Drillers Cut Rigs for a 6th Week in 7

U.S. energy firms cut oil rigs for a sixth week in the last seven, data showed on Thursday, a sign drillers were still waiting for higher prices before returning to the well pad.   Drillers removed 2 oil rigs in the week ended Dec. 31, bringing the total rig count down to 536, oil services company Baker Hughes Inc said in its closely followed report.   That decrease brought the total rig count down to about a third of the roughly 1,500 oil rigs operating a year ago

US Drillers Continue to Add Oil Rigs

U.S. energy companies added oil rigs for a 14th week in the last 15, extending a nine-month recovery as drillers take advantage of crude prices that have held mostly over $50 a barrel since OPEC agreed to cut supplies in late November.   Drillers added eight oil rigs in the week to Feb. 10, bringing the total count up to 591, the most since October 2015, energy services firm Baker Hughes Inc said on Friday.   During the same week a year ago, there were 439 active oil rigs.

US Oil Drillers Cut Rigs for First Week since January

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U.S. oil drillers cut rigs this week for the first time since January and the pace of additions slowed this quarter due to declines in crude prices despite an OPEC-led effort to cut production and end a multi-year supply glut.   Analysts, however, noted the weekly decline in the rig count was likely just a brief pause in a drilling recovery expected to continue through at least 2019.   Drillers cut two oil rigs in the week to June 30, bringing the total rig count down to 756

OSV Companies Running Out of Options -Study

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As oil continues to sell below $50 per barrel, 2017 could be one of the toughest years in decades for Offshore Supply Vessel (OSV) companies, according to a study of 44 companies in the industry by AlixPartners.   The firm’s analysis highlights these companies’ rising debt burdens, making it increasingly unlikely that most of them can maintain solvency. The industry faces grave financial pressure, which is clear from recent bankruptcy filings and distressed mergers.  

US Drillers Add No Oil Rigs as Harvey Slows Production

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U.S. energy firms did not add any oil rigs this week as Hurricane Harvey barrelled into the nation's energy heartland, forcing drillers to halt production and refiners to shut plants.   The total oil rig count for the week ended Friday stayed at 759, General Electric Co's Baker Hughes energy services firm said in its report on Friday.   That compares with 407 active oil rigs during the same week a year ago

Oil Extends Rally on Possible Producer Action

Oil prices were up about 1 percent on Friday, on track for their biggest weekly gains since May, after a short covering rally was triggered by comments from Saudi Arabia's oil minister in the previous session about possible action to help stabilize the market.   The market, however, pared some gains after data showed U.S. oil drillers added rigs for a seventh straight week, the longest recovery in the rig count in over two years. They added 17 rigs, the biggest increase since December.

US Oil Drillers Add Rigs for 8th Week in Row

U.S. drillers this week added oil rigs for an eighth consecutive week, the longest recovery streak in the rig count in over two years, as crude prices rebounded toward the key $50-a-barrel mark that makes the return to the well pad viable.   Drillers added 10 oil rigs in week to Aug. 19, bringing the total rig count to 406, compared with 674 a year ago, energy services firm Baker Hughes Inc said on Friday. <RIG-OL-USA-BHI>.  

US Oil Drillers Add Rigs for 11th Week in 12

U.S. drillers this week added oil rigs for an 11th week in the past 12, according to a closely followed report on Friday, although the rate of increases has slowed as crude prices remain below the key $50 a barrel level that spurs a return to the well pad.   That is, however, the longest streak of not cutting rigs since 2011 with the rig count increasing or holding steady every week so far this quarter.  

US Drillers Extend Rig Recovery

The number of rigs drilling for oil in the United States rose again this week, extending its second-best streak of no cuts into a 17th straight week, with analysts expecting more additions as crude prices hold over $50 a barrel.   Drillers added 11 oil rigs in the week to Oct. 21, bringing the total count up to 443, the most since February, but still below the 594 rigs seen a year ago, according to energy services firm Baker Hughes Inc on Friday.  

US Drillers Continue to Add Oil Rigs -Baker Hughes

U.S. oil drillers increased rigs this week for a 21th week in the last 24, as energy firms follow through on plans to add rigs made months ago when crude was still trading over the key $50 a barrel level analysts said should lead to more drilling.   Drillers added two oil rigs in the week to Nov. 11, bringing the total count up to 452, the most since February, but still below the 574 rigs seen a year ago, energy services firm Baker Hughes Inc said on Friday.  

US Drillers Add the Most Oil Rigs Since July 2015

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U.S. energy companies this week added the most oil rigs since July 2015, extending the seven-month drilling recovery as crude prices rose to a near 17-month high.   Drillers added 21 oil rigs in the week to Dec. 9, bringing the total count up to 498, the most since January, but still below the 524 rigs seen a year ago, energy services firm Baker Hughes Inc said on Friday.   Since crude prices briefly recovered from 13-year lows to around $50 a barrel in May

US Drillers Add Oil Rigs for 7th Week in a Row

U.S. energy companies this week added oil rigs for a seventh week in a row, extending a seven-month drilling recovery as crude prices held near a 17-month high.   Drillers added 12 oil rigs in the week to Dec. 16, bringing the total count to 510, the highest since January, but still below 541 rigs a year ago, energy services firm Baker Hughes Inc said on Friday.   Since crude prices briefly recovered from 13-year lows to around $50 a barrel in May

US Drillers Add Oil Rigs for 8th Week in a Row -Baker Hughes

U.S. energy companies added oil rigs for an eighth week in a row, extending a seven-month drilling recovery as crude prices remained near a 17-month high.   Drillers added 13 oil rigs in the week to Dec. 23, bringing the total count up to 523, the most since December 2015, but still below the 538 rigs seen a year ago, energy services firm Baker Hughes Inc said on Friday.   Since crude prices recovered from 13-year lows in February to around $50 a barrel in May

US Rig Count Recovers to Near Year-ago Levels

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The U.S. oil rig count ended 2016 just below year-ago levels as drillers added rigs this week as part of the biggest recovery since a global oil glut crushed the market over two years.   Drillers added two oil rigs in the week to Dec. 30, bringing the total count up to 525, the most since December 2015 and 11 shy of the 536 rigs seen at the end of 2015, energy services firm Baker Hughes Inc said on Friday.  

Oil Prices Fall as US Drillers Add Rigs

Oil prices slipped on Friday, extending losses after data suggested drilling is ramping up in the United States, easing the focus on efforts by OPEC and other producers to support prices by cutting supplies.   U.S. crude futures for March delivery fell 98 cents, or 1.8 percent, to $52.80 a barrel at 1:14pm EST (1814 GMT). The session high was $54.08 and the low was $52.58 a barrel.   Brent was down $1.15, or 2 percent, at $55.09 a barrel.  

Diamond Offshore Sees Recovery when Oil 'Well over $60'

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Rig contractor Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc's Chief Executive Officer Marc Edwards said on Monday oil prices needed to be "well over $60" to spur a recovery in offshore drilling.   The company's shares reversed course and were down 2.3 percent at $16.67, with investors shrugging off a beat on quarterly profit and revenue.   Global benchmark Brent crude prices have stabilized after a more than two-year slump, with prices hovering around $55 per barrel.  

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