US rig count rises by seven

oil rig15 December 2013, News Wires –  The number of oil and gas rigs drilling in the US rose by seven this week for a total of 1782, according to data from Houston-based services giant Baker Hughes.

The number of oil-directed rigs rose by 14 while rigs targeting gas fell by six. Canada added 24 rigs for a total of 426, eight better than a year ago.

In the US, North Dakota and the Williston basin led the charge. The basin added eight rigs for a total of 187 and the state gained seven to total 174.

Texas gained six rigs to total 848, leaving it flat on the year.

The Permian basin added four for a total of 477, also flat for the year. The Eagle Ford was up three rigs on 229. The Granite Wash fell by five for a total of 57.

Oklahoma lost six rigs to total 174. The Utica shale of Ohio gained one rig this week for a total of 38, nine better than a year ago.

The Denver-Julesburg basin and Niobrara shale gained four and is up 11 on the year. Colorado gained four rigs to total 70, an improvement of 12 from a year ago. Utah lost five rigs for a total of 23.

– Upstream

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