Baker Hughes: US drilling rig count climbs to 1,785

The US drilling rig count gained 8 units to reach 1,785 rigs working during the week ended Jan. 31, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Seven of those units were land-based rigs, bringing that total to 1,708. One additional unit was offshore, making that total 57. Rigs drilling in inland waters were unchanged from a week ago at 20.

Oil rigs were up 6 units to 1,422 while gas rigs claimed 2 more units to 358. Rigs considered unclassified remained at 5.

Horizontal drilling rigs increased 3 units to 1,173. Directional drilling rigs jumped 9 units to 220.

Canada’s rig count rose 18 units to 608, constituted by a 10-unit gain in oil rigs to 404 and a 8-unit increase in gas rigs to 204. Canada’s total is now off 17 units from this week a year ago.

Major states, basins

A week of light activity in major oil- and gas-producing states was carried by 3-units tallies in Texas and Louisiana to respective totals of 842 and 114, and a 2-unit addition in Ohio to 38. New Mexico and Alaska each added 1 unit to reach totals of 80 and 12, respectively.

Unchanged from a week ago were North Dakota at 169, Colorado at 62, Pennsylvania at 55, Wyoming at 53, West Virginia at 33, California at 31, Utah at 26, and Arkansas at 12. States with losses this week included Oklahoma, down 2 to 185, and Kansas, dropping 1 to 30.

In the major US states and basins, the Granite Wash topped all with a 3-unit rise to 57, with the Mississippian, Utica, and Barnett each following behind with 2-unit gains to 75, 40, and 30, respectively. The Permian reported the largest loss, declining 3 units to 481.

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