For the second week in a row, a small uptick in natural gas drilling partially offset continued retrenchment in the oil patch as the latest U.S. rig count Friday from Baker Hughes Co. (BKR) fell three units overall to 799.
The addition of two gas rigs in the United States wasn’t enough to counter the exit of five from the oil patch during the period. That left the domestic count 276 units behind its year-ago total of 1,075.
Land drilling declined by three units week/week, while the Gulf of Mexico held steady at 22. Six horizontal units and one directional unit packed up shop, partially offset by the addition of four vertical rigs, according to BKR.
Meanwhile, the Canadian rig count enjoyed healthy growth week/week, picking up 12 units overall, 10 oil-directed and two gas-directed. The 138 active Canadian rigs for the week compares with 186 in the year-ago period.
The combined North American rig count climbed nine units week/week to 937, down from 1,261 at this time last year.
Among plays, the Permian Basin posted the largest weekly change, dropping five rigs to fall to 400 from 489 a year ago. Elsewhere, the Cana Woodford and Haynesville Shale each dropped two rigs. The Granite Wash added one rig for the week, as did the Marcellus Shale.
Among states, Texas dropped five rigs, mirroring the Permian declines. Louisiana and Oklahoma each gave up one rig overall, while Pennsylvania added one.
Also on Friday, BKR released its monthly international rig count for November. The international count, encompassing Latin America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, totaled 1,096 for the month, down 34 from October but up from 991 in November 2018.
The North American count for last month was 946, down 47 units month/month and from 1,275 in November 2018.
BKR’s worldwide rig count last month stood at 2,042, down from 2,123 in October and 2,266 in November 2018.
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