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    Baker Hughes: Upstream gas work stable in North America


Oil activity led gains upstream, with seven more rigs deployed during the week ending April 16.

by: Daniel Graeber

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Baker Hughes: Upstream gas work stable in North America

Oilfield services company Baker Hughes reported April 16 that North American natural gas drilling was relatively stable from last week, with only modest gains reported in the US.

Its North American land rig count for the week ending April 16 showed 426 active rigs, up five from the previous week. The US led upstream activity during the week, with one more gas rig and seven more oil rigs active.

All told, about 78% of the upstream activity in the US was focused on oil. The Permian shale basin had the most working rigs in the US, and all but one of the 227 rigs were drilling for oil.

For natural gas, it was the Haynesville shale that saw the most activity during the week ending April 16, with 44 rigs in service, unchanged from the previous week.

In Canada, nearly 70% of the rigs deployed were drilling for natural gas. By province, Alberta saw the most activity with 41 rigs, three less than last week. In total, gas rig levels were unchanged from last week, while the number of oil rigs across the country declined by two.

Offshore, there was one rig in service off the coast of Newfoundland in the Atlantic, ending a period of no activity that began in January. In the US waters of the Gulf of Mexico, there were 12 rigs in action, an increase from the 11 during the previous week, and all of that was in oil.