The rotary rig count in the United States increased by six during the month of September.
According to industry watcher Houston-based Baker Hughes, there were 765 rigs drilling for oil or gas on land, offshore or on inland waters within the United States on Sept. 30.
The rig count totaled 759 at the start of September.
A year ago, the rig count total in the U.S. was 528.
Rigs on land in the U.S. during the final week of September totaled 745. In the same week a year ago there were 513.
There were four rigs counted in inland waters and 16 counted offshore. Rigs drilling for oil in the U.S. totaled 604, an increase of two from the previous week; there were 159 counted drilling for gas, a decrease of one; two were classified as “miscellaneous” rigs.
Traditional vertical wells being drilled totaled 23, while there were 46 identified as directional and 696 identified as horizontal.
The rig count in Oklahoma decreased by one from the previous week to total 64, Baker Hughes reported. In late September last year there were 40 wells being drilled in the state.
There were 360 rigs counted in Texas, 113 in New Mexico, 66 in Louisiana and 38 in North Dakota. Fewer numbers were counted in Alaska, California, Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming.
In reporting major basin variances, Baker Hughes said 344 rigs were counted in the Permian in late September. There were 71 in Haynesville, 72 in the Eagle Ford, 39 in Marcellus, 39 in Williston, 26 in Cana Woodford, 17 in DJ-Niobrara, 10 in Utica, 4 in Ardmore Woodford, 5 in Arkoma Woodford, 3 in Barnett, 6 in Granite Wash and 1 in the Mississippian.
Baker Hughes counted 213 rigs drilling in Canada, a decrease of two from the previous week. A year ago, there were 165 counted in Canada.
The total rig count for North America was pegged at 978, a decrease of one from the previous week’s total.
Baker Hughes has issued the rotary rig counts as a service to the petroleum industry since 1944.
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