US drilling activity reaches 14-month high

The number of rotary rigs working in the US continued to climb with 1,465 units drilling this week, 21 more than the previous week and up from 1,043 during the comparable period a year ago when activity was waning, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Apr. 1
-- The number of rotary rigs working in the US continued to climb with 1,465 units drilling this week, 21 more than the previous week and up from 1,043 during the comparable period a year ago when activity was waning, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

The latest count is the highest since the week ended Jan. 30, 2009, when there were 1,472 rotary rigs working and the count was on the decline. Land operations accounted for the latest weekly increase, up 23 units with 1,399 drilling. Inland waters activity was unchanged at 15 rigs. US offshore lost 2 rigs, down to 51 total in US waters, including the loss of 1 to 50 in the Gulf of Mexico.

Of the US rigs working, 949 were drilling for natural gas, 8 more than the previous week. The number drilling for oil increased by 13 to 502. There were 14 rotary rigs unclassified. Horizontal drilling increased by 10 rigs to 735. Directional drilling declined by 5 units to 222.

Texas had the biggest increase among major producing states, up by 23 rigs to 623 working. Louisiana increased by 5 to 218 drilling. Colorado gained 2 to 52, and California was up by 1 to 29. Oklahoma, Wyoming, and West Virginia were unchanged at 119, 37, and 22, respectively. North Dakota and Pennsylvania lost 1 rig each to respective counts of 94 and 76. New Mexico and Arkansas were down 2 each to 46 and 41, respectively. Alaska dropped 4, with 9 rigs still drilling.

Canada’s rotary rig count fell by 52 to 151 working this week, up from 75 in the same period in 2009.

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