WORLDWIDE RIG COUNT UP 69 TO 2,110
Baker Hughes, a GE company (NYSE:BHGE) announced today that the Baker Hughes international rig count for July 2017 was 959, down 1 from the 960 counted in June 2017, and up 21 from the 938 counted in July 2016. The international offshore rig count for July 2017 was 204, up 7 from the 197 counted in June 2017, and down 22 from the 226 counted in July 2016.
The average US rig count for July 2017 was 953, up 22 from the 931 counted in June 2017, and up 504 from the 449 counted in July 2016. The average Canadian rig count for July 2017 was 198, up 48 from the 150 counted in June 2017, and up 104 from the 94 counted in July 2016.
The worldwide rig count for July 2017 was 2,110, up 69 from the 2,041 counted in June 2017, and up 629 from the 1,481 counted in July 2016.
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