US drilling adds 36 rotary rigs this week

By OGJ editors

HOUSTON, May 10 -- US drilling activity continued to climb, jumping by 36, to 812 rotary rigs drilling this week, officials at Baker Hughes Inc., Houston, reported Friday.

That's far less than the 1,232 rigs that were working in the US and its waters during the same time last year, when the rig count was still 9 weeks away from its 2001 peak of 1,293.

Canada had 87 rotary rigs working this week, down one from the previous week and also well below the 228 units that were drilling in that country a year ago.

All of the US increase was onshore, with 692 land rigs working this week, up 38 from last week. US rigs actually in the process of drilling offshore were down 2, to 98 in the Gulf of Mexico and 101 total. The number of units working inland waters was unchanged at 19.

This week's increase also was gas-driven, with 669 rigs drilling for natural gas, 29 more than last week. The number of rigs drilling for oil was up 7, to 141. Two rigs remained unclassified. Directional drilling was down 1 rig to 209, while horizontal drilling increased by 6 rigs to 65.

Texas led the increase, up 13 rigs, to 332 working this week. Oklahoma's rig count was up 7, to 91, while New Mexico added 4 rigs to 36. Wyoming and California increased their rig counts by 3 each to 32 and 26, respectively. Louisiana had 152 rotary rigs working, 1 more than last week. Alaska's rig count was unchanged at 11.

ODS-Petrodata Group, Houston, reported 5 more mobile offshore rigs under contract in the Gulf of Mexico this week, boosting utilization more than 3 points to 63.6%. That's the highest level for those waters since January, with 126 units now contracted out of an available fleet of 198.

The European fleet of mobile offshore rigs increased by 2 this week to 105. The number under contract was unchanged at 91, however, dropping the utilization rate to 86.7% for that market.

The result was a net increase of 3 contracted mobile offshore rigs worldwide this week to 527 out of a total fleet of 656, with global utilization inching up to 80.3%

Related Articles

White House eyes steps to curb oil, gas methane emissions

03/29/2014 The White House announced additional steps to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas operations as part of a broader strategy. They included reg...

Baker Hughes: US drilling rig count rebounds to 1,809

03/28/2014 The US drilling rig count gained back the 6 units it lost last week to reach 1,809 rigs working during the week ended Mar. 28, Baker Hughes Inc. re...

Sinopec reveals Fuling field production capacity goals

03/25/2014 Sinopec plans to develop Fuling shale gas field in southwestern China to a production capacity of 10 billion cu m (bcm)/year by 2017, the company s...

Santos brings Peluang gas development on stream

03/24/2014

Santos Ltd., Adelaide, has started natural gas production from its Peluang development offshore the Indonesian island of Java.

Careers at TOTAL

Careers at TOTAL - Videos

More than 600 job openings are now online, watch videos and learn more!

 

Click Here to Watch

Other Oil & Gas Industry Jobs

Search More Job Listings >>
Stay Connected