US drilling remains flat

US drilling activity was essentially flat this week with a net gain of only 1 rotary rig for a total of 1,654 working, Baker Hughes Inc reported.

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Sept. 10
-- US drilling activity was essentially flat this week with a net gain of only 1 rotary rig for a total of 1,654 working, Baker Hughes Inc reported.

The previous week, the US rig count declined by 3, its first decrease in 13 weeks. A year ago, there were 999 rotary rigs working in the US and its waters.

Land operations increased by 1 rig to 1,620 drilling. Offshore drilling also gained 1 rig for a total of 21, all in the Gulf of Mexico. That was offset by the decrease of 1 rig in inland waters, leaving 13 still active.

Of the US rigs working, 980 were drilling for natural gas, an increase of 3 from the previous week. The number drilling for oil declined by 2 to 663. There were 11 rotary rigs unclassified. Horizontal drilling increased by 8 to 911 units. Directional drilling gained 9 for a total 231.

Among major producing states, Oklahoma increased by 6 rigs to 138 working this week. Alaska was up 2 to 8. North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and Colorado gained 1 rig each for respective counts of 129, 92, and 68. Rig counts in four states were unchanged: Louisiana, 186; Arkansas, 38; California, 36; and West Virginia, 24. New Mexico and Wyoming were down 1 rig each to 69 and 41, respectively. Texas’ rig count fell by 11, with 712 rotary rigs still drilling.

Canada’s rotary rig count declined by 5 to 383 units, up from 206 in the same period last year.

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