US rig count drops 10 units to 1,738; Canada down 40 to 206

The US drilling rig count decreased by 10 units during the week ended Apr. 5 to reach a total of 1,738 rotary rigs working, Baker Hughes Inc. reported. That compares with 1,979 rigs working in the comparable week last year.

The US drilling rig count decreased by 10 units during the week ended Apr. 5 to reach a total of 1,738 rotary rigs working, Baker Hughes Inc. reported. That compares with 1,979 rigs working in the comparable week last year.

Land-based drilling slumped by 15 units from a week ago to 1,665 rigs working. Offshore drilling increased by 3 units to 48 rigs working. Inland water drilling, at 25 rigs, was up 2 units from a week ago. Of the rigs drilling offshore, 46 were in the Gulf of Mexico, an increase of 3 units from a week ago.

Rigs targeting natural gas fell by 14 units to 375. Those rigs targeting oil, meanwhile, increased by 3 to 1,357. There were 6 rigs considered unclassified, up 1 unit from a week ago.

Rigs drilling directionally were reported at 203, down 3 units from a week ago and 28 fewer than the comparable week last year. Rigs drilling horizontally fell 15 units to 1,084. This compared with 1,165 rigs working horizontally in the comparable week a year ago.

Of the major oil and gas producing states, Oklahoma was down 13 rigs to 179. Pennsylvania, at 63, was down 6 units. West Virginia was down 2 rigs to 20. North Dakota was off 1 unit to 174. Three states were unchanged: California, 39; Arkansas, 15; and Alaska, 9. New Mexico and Colorado, with respective counts of 81 and 59, were each up 1 rig. Three states were up 2 rigs each: Texas, 825; Wyoming, 44; and Ohio, 30. Louisiana was up 4 rigs to 106.

Canada’s rig count slumped again this week, down 40 units to 206. This count includes 117 rigs drilling for oil (down 30 units from a week ago) and 89 units drilling for gas (down 10 from a week ago). The total was up 19 units from the comparable week last year.

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