Slightly less than 10 percent of the drilling rigs currently in service in the world are operating in the Iranian oil and gas sector, a petroleum official said. Rokneddin Javadi, a director at the state-owned National Iranian Oil Co. and deputy oil minister, was cited by the Oil Ministry’s official news agency SHANA as stating that more than 140 rigs were in service in Iran. By his count, that’s about 7 percent of the world total. “The drilling industry of Iran is moving forward at an acceptable speed,” the report read. According to oilfield services company Baker Hughes, there were 1,918 rigs deployed worldwide as of January. The company offers no breakdown by country […]