The US drilling rig count increased by 7 units to reach 563 rigs working for the week ended Nov. 19, according to Baker Hughes data. The count is up 253 units from the 310 rigs working this time a year ago.
The number of rigs drilling on land was up 7 units week-over-week with a total of 546. The number of rigs drilling offshore was unchanged at 15. The number of rigs drilling in inland waters was unchanged at 2.
US oil-directed rigs were up by 7 to 461 units. This time a year ago, 231 units were drilling for oil. Rigs targeting gas were unchanged at 102 rigs working, 26 more than were drilling for gas at this time a year ago.
Of the major oil and gas-producing states, three saw increases. The rig count in Texas increased by 7 to reach 271, while New Mexico’s rig count increased by 2 to 83. West Virginia gained a single rig to reach 11 units drilling for the week.
Ohio dropped 2 rigs to reach 10.
Nine states remained unchanged this week, namely Louisiana, 49; Oklahoma, 44; North Dakota, 23; Pennsylvania, 18; Wyoming, 15; Colorado, 12; California, 10; Utah, 9; and Alaska, 6
Canada’s rig count decreased by a single unit to 167 rigs drilling for the week. The count is 66 more than the 101 units drilling this week a year ago. At 102 units, Canada’s oil-directed rig count increased by 1 unit from last week. The gas-directed rig count in Canada decreased by 2 units to 65 rigs running for the week.