Drilling activity rebounds slightly

US drilling activity rebounded slightly, up by 5 rotary rigs from last week to 1,745 working the week ended Mar. 23 vs. 1,571 during the same period last year, said Baker Hughes Inc.

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Mar. 23 -- US drilling activity rebounded slightly, up by 5 rotary rigs from last week to 1,745 working the week ended Mar. 23 vs. 1,571 during the same period last year, said Baker Hughes Inc.

Land operations accounted for the bulk of the recovery, up by 6 rigs to 1,644 active units. Inland waters drilling increased by 1 unit to 27 rigs working. However, that was offset by the loss of 2 offshore rigs to 74 remaining in US waters as a whole, with the Gulf of Mexico down by 1 to 73.

Texas and Oklahoma registered the biggest losses among major producing states, down 7 rigs each to 818 and 178, respectively. Louisiana lost 1 to 191. Wyoming and New Mexico were unchanged at 74 and 72, respectively.

Colorado had the biggest gain, up 5 rigs to 101 working. Alaska's rig count increased by 2 to 12, and California was up by 1 to 31.

Seasonal factors slashed Canada's rig count by 163 to 246 units working. That compared with 639 drilling during the same period in 2006.

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