US drill rig count continues to rise as worldwide count appears ready to fall

By James Sean Dickson
Published: Wednesday, 08 October 2014

Baker Hughes rig count data shows a sustained rise in oilfield drilling over the past year for the US. Despite strong geopolitical instability in large production regions, oil prices have fallen recently on the back of strong US domestic production and Japanese plans to restart nuclear reactors. This raises the question of whether can the US sustain the frac sand boom on lower oil and gas prices, and whether the rest of the world due a fall in rig counts as demand falters.

According to data from oilfield services firm Baker Hughes the US drill rig count has continued to rise following a brief May-June plateau.

The US Department of Energy, meanwhile, has produced figures suggesting domestic crude oil production has rapidly increased to levels not seen since 1989.

Geopolitical problems in the...

This is a preview of the full article

Our market news and price data is reserved for registered users only.

Current customer? Login now

All of our industrial minerals price data and news is now available only through our new platform. Learn more about the intelligence we offer by visiting our Fastmarkets flagship website. If you are familiar with our reliable and trusted intelligence, fill out a request a quote form today to hear from our friendly sales staff who will create a custom license for you.


           



Interested in lithium prices? We now offer lithium prices and coverage free for reference. Click here to read all about it.

Interested in the wider electrification market?
Join our growing community of participants who want to learn more about electrification and how this market is developing.