Gene Isenberg, Nabors' Chairman and CEO commented, "A lower level of activity in our North American directed gas markets is the primary factor leading us to reduce our expectations for the fourth quarter and full year, which had been in line with the First Call mean. The shortfall in operating rigs was equally split between our US Lower 48 and Canadian operations with each operating 13 fewer rigs. A portion of the shortfall in the US Lower 48 is because of slippage in delivery and delayed start-ups of new rigs. Margins in both operations should be up slightly, compared to the third quarter. However, the actual margins will be in line with expectations for the Lower 48, but below margin expectations in Canada. The lower rig count in Canada is about equally attributable to the general weakness in the shallow drilling market in Canada and protracted weather induced start-up delays for our mid-depth and deeper drilling rigs. We also retired some Canadian assets in the fourth quarter adding to the quarter's lowered expectations. Meanwhile, our international, Alaskan and US land well servicing operations are growing in line with our previous expectations as is our US Offshore business albeit modestly slower."
The Nabors companies own and operate approximately 600 land drilling and approximately 800 land workover and well-servicing rigs in North America. Offshore, Nabors operates 46 platform rigs, 22 jack-up units and 5 barge rigs in the United States and multiple international markets. Nabors markets 29 marine transportation and supply vessels, primarily in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. In addition, Nabors manufactures top drives and drilling instrumentation systems and provides comprehensive oilfield hauling, engineering, civil construction, logistics and facilities maintenance, and project management services. Nabors participates in most of the significant oil, gas and geothermal markets in the world.
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