The US rig count climbed this week with a 13-unit jump to 663 rigs working during the week ended Mar. 11, data from Baker Hughes indicate.
Rigs targeting natural gas in the US gained 5 units to reach 135 while those drilling for oil increased 8 units to 527. Land rigs reached 649, up 14 units from a week ago. Rigs drilling offshore decreased by 1 unit to 11, all of which were in the Gulf of Mexico.
Among the major producing states, Texas gained 12 units to reach 320 rigs. Wyoming and Ohio at 15 and 12 units, respectively, were up 1 unit each.
Ten states were unchanged this week: Louisiana, 56; Oklahoma 49; North Dakota, 33; Pennsylvania, 25; Colorado, 14; Utah, 12; West Virginia 11; Alaska, 8; California, 7; and Kansas, 1.
New Mexico dropped a single rig to reach 98 units working for the week.
Canada dropped 11 units to 206. Oil-directed rigs fell by 7 units to 127 and those drilling for gas decreased by 3 to 79.