US rig count declines

US drilling activity fell this week, down 11 rotary rigs to 1,650 still working but well ahead of the 1,017 units running in the comparable week a year ago, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Sept. 24
-- US drilling activity fell this week, down 11 rotary rigs to 1,650 still working but well ahead of the 1,017 units running in the comparable week a year ago, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Land operations suffered the largest loss, down by 7 to 1,619 rotary rigs drilling. But that was only a slightly bigger loss than offshore drilling where the number of working rigs dropped by 6 to 15, all in the Gulf of Mexico. Inland waters activity put 2 more rigs to work for a total of 16.

Of the US rigs still working, 967 were drilling for natural gas, 15 fewer than the previous week. The number drilling for oil increased by 3 to 673. There were 10 rotary rigs unclassified. Horizontal drilling was unchanged at 912 rotary rigs. Directional drilling declined by 9 to 213 units.

Among the major oil-producing states, Texas suffered the biggest loss this week, down 12 rigs to 718 drilling after posting the largest gain—18 rigs—last week. Louisiana dropped 4 rigs with 180 still working. Pennsylvania, New Mexico, and Wyoming each were down 2 rigs to 89, 68, and 43 active units, respectively. North Dakota had 132 rigs working, down 1 from the previous week. Oklahoma and West Virginia were unchanged with respective counts of 132 and 24. Colorado, Arkansas, California, and Alaska reported the only gains, up 2 rigs each to 69, 40, 34, and 7, respectively.

Canada’s rotary rig count fell 51 units to 282 rotary rigs working this week, compared with 228 active in the same period last year.

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