Baker Hughes: US drilling rig count edges down to 1,761

The US drilling rig count dropped a single unit to settle at 1,761 rigs working during the week ended Nov. 22, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Rigs drilling in inland waters gained 2 units to 19. Land-based rigs were unchanged from a week ago at 1,685. Offshore rigs fell 3 units to 57.

A 2-unit addition by gas rigs to reach a total of 1,387 was offset by a 2-unit subtraction from rigs considered unclassified to 5. Gas rigs lost 1 unit to 369.

Horizontal drilling rigs jumped 13 units to 1,127 while directional rigs declined 4 units to 216.

In Canada, a 33-unit loss to 368 rigs working trumped last week’s 23-rig increase. A 1-unit gain in gas rigs to 168 was overshadowed by a 34-unit loss in oil rigs to 200. Canada has 19 fewer rigs compared with a year ago.

Major states, basins

Texas finished the week ahead of the major oil and gas-producing states with a 6-unit rise, reaching a total of 831. West Virginia followed closely behind with a 5-unit gain to 37. North Dakota claimed 2 more units to total 167. Louisiana, Wyoming, and Kansas each tallied 1 unit to a respective 110, 56, and 28. Three states were unchanged from a week ago: Ohio, 34; Utah, 28; and Alaska, 9. Colorado and Arkansas lost 1 unit each to respective totals of 68 and 11. New Mexico declined 2 units to 79. Pennsylvania dropped 3 units to 54. Oklahoma decreased 4 units to 172. California’s total was reduced 5 to 37.

Notable changes among the major US basins included 3-unit increases in the Eagle Ford and Marcellus to 226 and 90, respectively. The Barnett, meanwhile, fell 3 units to 33.

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