Baker Hughes: US drilling rig count up to 1,762

The US drilling rig count increased 8 units to reach 1,762 rigs working during the week ended Nov. 15, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Land-based rigs saw a 6-unit rise to reach a total of 1,685 rigs while those units drilling offshore rose 2 to reach a total of 60. Rigs drilling in inland waters, at 17 units, were unchanged from a week ago.

Gas rigs increased 5 units to 370. Oil rigs gained 2 units to 1,385. There was 1 more rig considered unclassified from a week ago to 7.

Directional drilling rigs lost 3 units to 220. Horizontal drilling rigs were unchanged from a week ago at 1,114.

Canada reported an additional 23 rigs to reach 401 total rigs working. The gains were headlined by a 13-unit jump in oil rigs to 234. Gas rigs followed closely behind with a 10-unit gain to 167. Compared with this week a year ago, the country has 17 more rigs working.

Major states, basins

Modest gains in the major oil- and gas-producing states were reported by Oklahoma with a 4-unit increase to 176; Louisiana with a 3-unit rise to 109; North Dakota and Kansas with 2-unit tallies to 165 and 27, respectively; and New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia with 1-unit additions to respective totals of 81, 57, and 32. Unchanged from a week ago were Wyoming at 55, California at 42, Ohio at 34, Utah at 28, Arkansas at 12, and Alaska at 9. Colorado edged down a unit to 69. Texas accounted for the only other loss, dropping 9 units to 825.

Two-unit increases in the Williston and Marcellus to respective totals of 177 and 87 comprised the notable additions among the major US basins. Down 3 to 223, the Eagle Ford reported the largest loss.

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