US drilling activity climbs again

US drilling activity continued climbing, up by 18 rotary rigs to 1,335 working, compared with 1,399 active units in the comparable period a year ago, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, FEB. 5 -- US drilling activity continued climbing, up by 18 rotary rigs to 1,335 working, compared with 1,399 active units in the comparable period a year ago, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Land operations had the biggest increase, up 19 rigs to 1,280 drilling. Inland waters activity dipped by 3 rigs to 11. US offshore gained 2 rigs to a total of 44 units in US waters, including the increase of 1 to 42 in the Gulf of Mexico.

Of the US rigs working, 878 were drilling for gas, 17 more than the previous week. The number drilling for oil was up 1 to 445. There were 12 rotary rigs unclassified. Horizontal drilling increased by 12 rigs to 659. Directional drilling gained 4 to 230 total.

Among the major producing states, Texas and Oklahoma increased by 3 rigs each to 541 and 115, respectively. New Mexico and West Virginia added 2 rigs each for respective counts of 55 and 27. Louisiana, North Dakota, Colorado, Arkansas, and Wyoming each were up 1 rig to 198, 76, 48, 41, and 38, in that order. California and Alaska were unchanged at 24 and 9, respectively.

Canada’s rotary rig count grew by 26 to 557, up from 435 a year ago.

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