US drilling activity was flat this week with 784 rigs working, compared with 569 during the comparable period in 2021, Baker Hughes reported.
Offshore had the only increase with 18 units drilling, 1 more than the previous week. Land operations declined by 1 rig to 763. Inland water drilling was unchanged with 3 rigs active.
Of the US rigs working, 155 were drilling for natural gas, the same as the previous week. The number drilling for oil was unchanged at 627. There were 2 rotary rigs unclassified. Horizontal drilling decreased by 3 rigs for a total 711. Directional drilling increased by 1 unit to 48. Vertical drilling increased by 2 rigs to 25.
Oklahoma and Louisiana each saw a single unit increase for the week ended Dec. 2 to respective counts of 71 and 67. Texas and New Mexico each saw rig counts drop by 1 unit to reach 371 and 104 rigs working, respectively.
Canada’s rotary rig count increased by 1 unit to 195 drilling, up from 180 a year ago.