International drilling rig count

August 2015

Offshore drilling rigs

Total number of offshore drilling rigs dropped from 377 to 304 (20%) in the last 12 months to August 2015. Over the whole period from 2000, the GOM share dropped to 20%. Asia Pacific’s share increased, mainly offshore India and China.


Latin America:

Middle East:

Asia Pacific:

Source of graphs:

January 2015


Note the months in which the number of drilling rigs started to increase substantially. In 2005 we had the beginning of the global crude oil peak, in 2010/2011 the US shale oil boom took off.

Data are from Bake Hughes