US rig count climbs above 1,000 again

For the second time in 23 weeks, US drilling activity increased to more than 1,000 rotary rigs working, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Sept. 18
-- For the second time in 23 weeks, US drilling activity increased to more than 1,000 rotary rigs working, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

The US rig count increased 2 weeks ago by 10 to 1,009 units, dropped by the same amount last week, and has 1,010 rigs working this week, down sharply from the 2,018 that were drilling a year ago. The latest gain was primarily in land operations, up 11 rigs to 971 working. Inland water activity was up by 2 rigs to 7, but that gain was offset by the loss of 2 rigs in offshore drilling, down to 30 rigs still working in the Gulf of Mexico and a total of 32 in US coastal waters.

The number of rigs drilling for natural gas increased by 6 to 705 this week, while those drilling for oil were up 5 to 293. There were 12 rigs unclassified. Directional drilling increased by 11 rigs to 195. Horizontal drilling gained 2 to 432.

Texas netted the largest gain among major producing states, up by 9 to 382 rigs drilling. Louisiana’s rig count increased by 3 to 147. Colorado and Wyoming gained 2 rigs each for respective counts of 45 and 37. Alaska added 1 rig for a total of 8, and California was unchanged with 20 rigs working. Oklahoma dropped 5 rigs to 69 active. New Mexico had 46 rotary rigs working, 3 fewer than last week. North Dakota and Arkansas were down 1 rig each to 46 and 42, respectively.

In other states of interest, Pennsylvania and Utah gained 1 rig each to 55 and 16, respectively. West Virginia was unchanged at 20.

Canada’s rig count increased by 8 to 214 this week, compared with 425 rigs working in the same period last year.

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