Baker Hughes: US drilling rig count up to 1,771

The US drilling rig count was up 7 units to 1,771 rigs working during the week ended Feb. 21, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Land-based rigs gained 4 units to 1,696, offsetting last week’s 4-rig loss. Rigs drilling offshore gained 3 units to 57. Rigs drilling in inland waters were unchanged from a week ago at 18.

Gas rigs picked up 5 units to 342 while oil rigs increased 2 units to 1,425. Rigs considered unclassified were unchanged at 4.

Directional drilling rigs dropped 4 units to 197 while horizontal drilling rigs edged down a unit to 1,182.   

In Canada, an 8 unit rise brought the country’s overall rig count to 632, 30 fewer than this week a year ago. Oil rigs constituted most of that gain, picking up 7 units to 422. Gas rigs added 1 unit to reach a total of 210.

Major states, basins

Just three of the major oil- and gas-producing states reported gains to their respective rig counts. Texas, which now has 846 total, added 6 units during the week. Alaska collected 3 units to 14. Pennsylvania tallied 1 unit to 54.

Unchanged from a week ago were Colorado at 60, Wyoming at 51, California at 36, West Virginia at 30, Utah at 26, and Arkansas at 12.  

Down 1 from a week ago were Oklahoma at 181, Ohio at 39, and Kansas at 32. North Dakota, Louisiana, and New Mexico each lost 2 units to respective totals of 166, 105, and 81.  

Reflecting the upward movement in its home state, the Eagle Ford tallied 5 units to reach 221. The Cana Woodford rose 3 units to 37. The Mississippian, meanwhile, dropped 4 units to 74.

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