Baker Hughes Announces April 2013 Rig Counts

HOUSTON, May 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE:BHI) announced today that the international rig count for April 2013 was 1,301, up 33 from the 1,268 counted in March 2013, and up 123 from the 1,178 counted in April 2012. The international offshore rig count for April 2013 was 331, up 15 from the 316 counted in March 2013 and up 32 from the 299 counted in April 2012. 

The average U.S. rig count for April 2013 was 1,755, down 1 from the 1,756 counted in March 2013 and down 206 from the 1,961 counted in April 2012. The average Canadian rig count for April 2013 was 153, down 311 from the 464 counted in March 2013 and down 5 from the 158 counted in April 2012.

The worldwide rig count for April 2013 was 3,209, down 279 from the 3,488 counted in March 2013 and down 88 from the 3,297 counted in April 2012.      

April 2013 Rotary Rig Counts



April 2013


Month


March 2013


April 2012



Land

OS

Total


Variance


Land

OS

Total


Land

OS

Total
















 

 Latin America


340

89

429


-8


352

85

437


342

81

423

 

 Europe


85

51

136


3


80

53

133


72

46

118

 

 Africa


88

37

125


10


83

32

115


49

31

80

 

 Middle East*


309

45

354


18


295

41

336


264

48

312

 

 Asia Pacific


148

109

257


10


142

105

247


152

93

245

International


970

331

1,301


33


952

316

1,268


879

299

1,178
















 

 United States


1,706

49

1,755


-1


1,705

51

1,756


1,917

44

1,961

 

 Canada


150

3

153


-311


462

2

464


157

1

158

North America


1,856

52

1,908


-312


2,167

53

2,220


2,074

45

2,119
















Worldwide


2,826

383

3,209


-279


3,119

369

3,488


2,953

344

3,297
















* The Middle East rig count excludes rigs in Syria for April and  March 2013 and Iraq for April 2012.



About the Baker Hughes Rig Counts
The Baker Hughes Rotary Rig Counts are counts of the number of drilling rigs actively exploring for or developing oil or natural gas in the United States, Canada and international markets.  Baker Hughes has issued the rotary rig counts as a service to the petroleum industry since 1944, when Hughes Tool Company began weekly counts of US and Canadian drilling activity.  Baker Hughes initiated the monthly international rig count in 1975.

North American rig count data is scheduled to be released at noon central time on the last working day of each week.  The international rig count is scheduled to be released on the 5th working day of the month.  Additional detailed information on the Baker Hughes rig counts is available from our website.

Baker Hughes is a leading supplier of oilfield services, products, technology and systems to the worldwide oil and natural gas industry. The company's 58,000-plus employees today work in more than 80 countries helping customers find, evaluate, drill, produce, transport and process hydrocarbon resources. For more information on Baker Hughes' century-long history, visit www.bakerhughes.com.

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