Analyst Insights

US Rig Count Falls to 755 After Two Consecutive Weeks Of Gains

US oil and gas rig count declined this week after two consecutive weeks of growth, falling to 755 for the week ending March 31 vs. 758 a week ago according to Baker Hughes.  The Permian (-1), Haynesville (-1) and All Other Basins (-1) all posted small declines.  Total US rig count is down 24 in the past 90 days, and up 82 vs. one year ago.

Despite crude production recently growing to a post-pandemic high of 12.5 MMb/d in January (Source: EIA), rig count has stagnated in the 700-750 range for most of the last 12 months.  Operators have continued to feel the pressure of cost increases, supply chain challenges and crude prices languishing in the $70's.

Chart showing rig count by basin for the last 12 months