US rig count increases for fourth week

US drilling activity continued to increase for the fourth week, up by 23 rotary rigs to 1,101 working but still well below the 1,941 units drilling during the comparable week a year ago, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Nov 13th, 2009

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Nov. 13
-- US drilling activity continued to increase for the fourth week, up by 23 rotary rigs to 1,101 working but still well below the 1,941 units drilling during the comparable week a year ago, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

As usual, land operations accounted for most of the increase with the addition of 22 rigs for a total of 1,051 making hole. Inland waters activity was unchanged with 13 rigs working. US offshore increased by 1 rig to 37, including 35 in the Gulf of Mexico.

Of the US rigs working, 728 were drilling for natural gas, 6 fewer than the previous week. The number drilling for oil increased by 29 to 361. There were 12 rotary rigs unclassified. Horizontal drilling increased by 5 rigs to 512. Directional drilling gained 8 to 194.

Texas had the biggest gain among the major producing states, up 25 rigs to 432 drilling. Alaska increased by 2 to 8, while California gained 1 to 25. Unchanged were North Dakota, 54 rigs working; Colorado and Arkansas, each with 40 active rigs; and Wyoming at 39. Oklahoma was down by 1 rig to 77 drilling. Louisiana and New Mexico each lost 3 rigs for respective counts of 166 and 48.

In other states of interest, Pennsylvania’s rig count increased by 3 to 62. Utah added 1 for a total of 19. West Virginia lost 2 to 20.

Canada’s rig count increased by 30 to 263 this week, compared with 418 rigs working in the same period last year.

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