Baker Hughes: US drilling rig count rises to 1,866

The US drilling rig count gained 9 units to reach 1,866 rigs working during the week ended May 30, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

All 9 of those units were land-based rigs, bringing its total to 1,792. Rigs drilling offshore and in inland waters were unchanged from a week ago at respective totals of 60 and 14.

Oil rigs rose 8 units to 1,539 while gas rigs edged up a single unit to 326. Rigs considered unclassified were unchanged from a week ago at 4.

Horizontal drilling rigs jumped 8 units to 1,251. Directional drilling rigs climbed 7 units to 212.

In Canada, a 44-unit leap brought the nation’s total to 198, 53 units higher than this week a year ago. A vast majority of those units were oil rigs, which spiked 40 units to 105. Gas rigs, meanwhile, merely gained 4 units to 93.

Major states, basins

Oklahoma’s 8-unit addition to 199 led all of the major oil- and gas-producing states. Behind it was neighboring Texas with a 5-unit rise to 894. Wyoming tallied 2 units to 47. California and Alaska each edged up a unit to 49 and 11, respectively.

Unchanged from a week ago were Louisiana at 114, Colorado at 66, Pennsylvania at 60, Utah at 27, West Virginia at 25, and Arkansas at 11.

With 1-unit losses, New Mexico, Ohio, and Kansas have respective totals of 86, 38, and 31. North Dakota’s 5-unit drop was the steepest of the bunch, leaving its total at 169.

In the major US basins, the Permian and Granite Wash each gained 3 units to 550 and 66, respectively. The Williston gave up 5 units to 178.

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