The US drilling rig count increased by 9 units to reach 521 rigs working for the week ended Sept. 24, according to Baker Hughes data. The count is up 260 units from the 261 rigs working this time a year ago.
The number of rigs drilling on land was up 4 units week-over-week with a total of 509. The number of rigs drilling offshore was up 4 to 10. One additional rig was drilling in inland waters to bring the count to 2 for the week.
US oil-directed rigs were up 10 from last week at 421 units. This time a year ago, 183 units were drilling for oil. Rigs targeting gas decreased by 1 to 99, 24 more than were drilling for gas at this time a year ago.
Of the major oil and gas-producing states, Louisiana and Oklahoma both increased rig counts by 4 to reach respective rig counts of 43 and 39 rigs running. Texas gained 3 rigs to end the week with 242 rigs working.
Utah dropped a rig, ending the week with 10.
Nine states remained unchanged this week, namely New Mexico, 84; North Dakota, 22; Pennsylvania, 18; Wyoming, 18; Ohio, 12; Colorado 11; West Virginia, 8; California, 6; and Alaska, 5.
Canada’s rig count increased by 8 units to 162 rigs drilling for the week. The count is 91 more than the 71 units drilling this week a year ago. At 96 units, Canada’s oil-directed rig count increased by 1 rig from last week. The gas-directed rig count in Canada increased by 6 units to 65 running for the week.