Baker Hughes: US drilling rig count inches up to 1,875

The US drilling rig count reflected another uneventful week, again edging up only 1 unit to reach 1,875 rigs working during the week ended July 11, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Meanwhile, the average US rig count for June, released earlier this week, totaled 1,861 units, 2 more than 1,859 in May and 100 more than 1,761 in June 2013.

The US onshore well count for the second quarter totaled 9,394 wells, up 428 compared with the first quarter. Compared with last year’s second quarter, the well count was up 383.

Offshore rigs gained 2 units to 56, which was halved by a 1-unit loss in land rigs to 1,801. Rigs drilling in inland waters were unchanged from a week ago at 18.

Oil rigs edged up a unit to 1,563 while gas rigs, at 311, and rigs considered unclassified, at 1, were unchanged.

Horizontal drilling rigs climbed 8 units to 1,276. Directional drilling rigs were unchanged at 222.

In Canada, a modest 6-unit increase masked a flurry of activity in its rig count. Gas rigs jumped 18 units to 137, overcoming a 12-unit loss in oil rigs to 178. Canada’s June rig count totaled 240 units, according to data from Baker Hughes, an increase of 78 from 162 in May and up 57 from 183 in June 2013.

Major states, basins

Excluding Oklahoma, the major oil- and gas-producing states saw light movement. Two-unit increases each left Texas with 898, Louisiana 107, Pennsylvania 56, Kansas 31, and Alaska 12. North Dakota, Wyoming, and Ohio each edged up a unit to 172, 52, and 42, respectively.

Unchanged from a week ago were New Mexico at 92, Colorado at 68, Utah at 27, and Arkansas at 11.

California and West Virginia each edged down 1 unit to 44 and 26, respectively. Oklahoma’s 11-unit loss to 198 trumped all other activity.

Texas was the site of several changes in the major US basins. The Eagle Ford tallied 5 units to 218, the Permian rose 3 units to 563, and the Barnett declined 2 units to 24. The Granite Wash also gained 5 units to reach 75.

Compared with the first quarter, the basin well count most notably increased in the Permian, up 265; Marcellus, up 78; and Granite Wash, up 31. The increase was slightly offset by well decreases predominately in the Barnett, down 57; and Cana Woodford, down 23.

Related Articles

WAFWA: Aerial survey finds lesser prairie chicken population grew

07/06/2015 A recent range-wide aerial survey found the lesser prairie chicken population rose 25% from 2014 to 2015, the Western Association of Fish & Wil...

Production ramps up from Sunrise oil sands project

07/06/2015 Husky Energy Inc., Calgary, reported that 25 well pairs are now on production at its Sunrise oil sands project in northeastern Alberta. Steaming is...

CERI: Energy, operational efficiencies possible in Canadian oil, gas

07/06/2015 Measures can be taken by operators in the expanding resource-intensive Canadian oil and gas sector to improve both energy efficiency and operationa...

Statoil installs subsea wet gas compressor at Gullfaks

07/06/2015 Statoil SA installed what it is calling the world’s first subsea wet gas compressor at its Gullfaks C platform offshore Norway. By compressing at t...

Giant Perla field flows gas off Venezuela


A 50-50 joint venture of Eni SPA and Repsol SA has started production from giant Perla natural gas field in shallow water offshore Venezuela.

EIA: Argentina, China lead shale development outside North America

07/06/2015 Argentina and China have respectively drilled more than 275 and 200 wells targeting shale plays over the past 2 years, providing each country with ...

Big data, more oil

07/06/2015 Development of unconventional resources soon will enter a phase promising to lower the cost of producing oil from shale toward levels normally asso...

BHI: US oil rig count rises for first time in 30 weeks

07/02/2015 A sudden 12-unit jump in oil-directed rigs during the abbreviated week ended July 2 represented their first rise since Dec. 5, 2014, and helped lif...

FourPoint Energy to acquire Anadarko basin assets from Chesapeake

07/02/2015 FourPoint Energy LLC, a privately owned Denver company, plans to acquire oil and gas assets from Chesapeake Energy Corp. subsidiaries Chesapeake Ex...
White Papers

Definitive Guide to Cybersecurity for the Oil & Gas Industry

In the Oil and Gas industry, there is no single adversary and no single threat to the information tech...

UAS Integration for Infrastructure: More than Just Flying

Oil and gas companies recognize the benefits that the use of drones or unmanned aerial systems (UAS) c...

Solutions to Financial Distress Resulting from a Weak Oil and Gas Price Environment

The oil and gas industry is in the midst of a prolonged worldwide downturn in commodity prices. While ...
Sponsored by

2015 Global Engineering Information Management Solutions Competitive Strategy Innovation and Leadership Award

The Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognise companies in a variety of regional and global...
Sponsored by

Three Tips to Improve Safety in the Oil Field

Working oil fields will always be tough work with inherent risks. There’s no getting around that. Ther...
Sponsored by

Pipeline Integrity: Best Practices to Prevent, Detect, and Mitigate Commodity Releases

Commodity releases can have catastrophic consequences, so ensuring pipeline integrity is crucial for p...
Sponsored by

AVEVA’s Digital Asset Approach - Defining a new era of collaboration in capital projects and asset operations

There is constant, intensive change in the capital projects and asset life cycle management. New chall...
Sponsored by

Transforming the Oil and Gas Industry with EPPM

With budgets in the billions, timelines spanning years, and life cycles extending over decades, oil an...
Sponsored by
Available Webcasts

Better Data, Better Analytics, Better Decisions

When Tue, Oct 27, 2015

The Oil & Gas industry has large amounts of data stored in multiple systems which are purpose built for certain tasks. However, good decisions require insights based upon the data in all of these systems. These systems in turn do not talk to each other. So the process of analyzing data, gaining insights, and making decisions is a slow one and often a flawed one. Good decisions require accurate analytics and accurate analytics require superior/sustainable data quality and governance. This webinar focuses on:

  • The importance of data quality and governance
  • How technological advances are making data quality and governance sustainable in order to get the accurate analytics to make solid decisions.

Please join us for this webcast sponsored by Seven Lakes Technologies and Noah Consulting.


Operating a Sustainable Oil & Gas Supply Chain in North America

When Tue, Oct 20, 2015

Short lead times and unpredictable conditions in the Oil & Gas industry can create costly challenges in supply chains. By implementing a LEAN culture of continuous improvement you can eliminate waste, increase productivity and gain end-to-end visibility leading to a sustainable and well-oiled supply chain.

Please join us for this webcast sponsored by Ryder System, Inc.


On Demand

Leveraging technology to improve safety & reliability

Tue, Sep 22, 2015

Attend this informative webinar to learn more about how to leverage technology to meet the new OSHA standards and protect your employees from the hazards of arc flash explosions.


The Resilient Oilfield in the Internet of Things World

Tue, Sep 22, 2015

As we hear about the hype surrounding the Internet of Things, the oil and gas industry is questioning what is different than what is already being done. What is new?  Using sensors and connecting devices is nothing new to our mode of business and in many ways the industry exemplifies many principles of an industrial internet of things. How does the Internet of Things impact the oil and gas industry?

Prolific instrumentation and automation digitized the industry and has changed the approach to business models calling for a systems led approach.  Resilient Systems have the ability to adapt to changing circumstances while maintaining their central purpose.  A resilient system, such as Maximo, allows an asset intensive organization to leverage connected devices by merging real-time asset information with other critical asset information and using that information to create a more agile organization.  

Join this webcast, sponsored by IBM, to learn how about Internet of Things capabilities and resilient systems are impacting the landscape of the oil and gas industry.


Emerson Micro Motion Videos

Careers at TOTAL

Careers at TOTAL - Videos

More than 600 job openings are now online, watch videos and learn more!


Click Here to Watch

Other Oil & Gas Industry Jobs

Search More Job Listings >>
Stay Connected