US drilling continues to climb

US drilling activity continued to increase, up by 17 rotary rigs to 1,535 drilling this week, compared with only 899 working in the comparable period a year ago, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, May 29 -- US drilling activity continued to increase, up by 17 rotary rigs to 1,535 drilling this week, compared with only 899 working in the comparable period a year ago, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Land operations were responsible for the gain, with an 18-rig increase to 1,475. Inland waters activity was unchanged with 12 rigs at work. Offshore drilling declined by 2 rigs to 46 in the Gulf of Mexico but was down only 1 rig overall to a total 48 units in US coastal waters.

Of the US rigs working, 967 were drilling for natural gas, 2 fewer than the previous week. The number drilling for oil increased by 17 to 555. There were 13 rotary rigs unclassified. Horizontal drilling increased by 13 to 795. Directional drilling declined by 6 to 226.

North Dakota reported the biggest change among major producing states this week as its rig count jumped by 6 to 105. Five states reported gains of 2 rigs each: Texas to 656; Louisiana, 213; New Mexico, 67; California, 33; and Alaska, 9. Pennsylvania and Wyoming each gained 1 rig to respective counts of 81 and 38. Colorado, Arkansas, and West Virginia were unchanged at 54, 40, and 19 respectively. Oklahoma’s rig count dropped by 5 to 124.

Canada’s rotary rig count increased by 18 to 191, compared with 90 rigs drilling in the same period last year.

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