US rig count jumps 8 units to hit 1,021





Baker Hughes: US rig count jumps 8 units to hit 1,021



The US drilling rig count gained 8 units to reach 1,021 during the week ended Apr. 27, data from Baker Hughes indicate. The report shows an overall increase of 156 units from year-ago levels.
Offshore units were unchanged this week at 18 rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. A total of 998 rigs were drilling on land, up 7 units from last week (OGJ Online, Apr. 20, 2018). The number of rigs drilling in inland waters was up 1 unit to 5 rigs working.
Rigs targeting oil were up 5 units to 825, and up 128 from the 697 rigs drilling for oil this week a year ago. Gas-targeted rigs climbed 3 units to 195. This time a year ago, 171 units were drilling for gas.
Oklahoma saw the largest increase with a 6-unit jump to 133 rigs running. Texas, at 513 rigs working, was up 4 units. North Dakota reached 55 rigs working, up 3 from a week ago. Louisiana, at 60, and Ohio, at 24, were up 2 rigs each from a week ago. California added a single rig to reach 15 units this week.
West Virginia, Utah, and Arkansas were unchanged this week with respective rig counts of 16, 8, and 1.
Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Kansas each lost a rig this week, reaching 39, 28, and 0, respectively. Wyoming, at 27, was 2 units lower than a week ago. New Mexico and Alaska, at respective counts of 87 and 5, were each down 3 units.

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