By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Jan. 7 -- US drilling activity increased slightly during the first week of 2011, up by 6 rotary rigs to 1,700 working, compared with 1,220 at work a year ago, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.
The US rig count exceeded 1,700 units drilling in 4 of the last 5 weeks of 2010, finishing the year with 1,694 working the final week.
Land operations accounted for the bulk of the latest gain, up by 5 units to 1,661 working. Offshore drilling increased by 1 rig to 25, all in the Gulf of Mexico. Inland waters activity was unchanged with 14 rigs drilling.
Of the US rigs working, 914 were drilling for natural gas, 5 fewer than the previous week. The number drilling for oil increased by 12 to 777. There were 9 rotary rigs unclassified. Horizontal drilling increased by 19 to 966. Directional drilling dropped 1 to 211.
Among the major producing states, Oklahoma and Colorado had the biggest increases in their rig counts, up 4 each to 164 and 64, respectively. Texas and Wyoming gained 2 rigs each with respective counts of 733 and 47. North Dakota increased by 1 to 151. Pennsylvania, New Mexico, California, and Arkansas were unchanged at 103, 69, 38, and 37, respectively. West Virginia and Alaska were down 1 rig each to 20 and 5. Louisiana reported the biggest loss, down 8 rigs with 168 still drilling.
Canada’s rotary rig count increased by 176 units to 422 drilling, compared with 342 units working in the same period last year.
US starts 2011 with 1,700 rotary rigs drilling
By OGJ editors