US rig count rises by 18

Rig Count: US total up by 18 this week

The count of rigs exploring for oil and gas in the US was up by 18 this week to 1914, according to the latest data from Baker Hughes.

The latest figure is up by 138 units from a year ago, the Houston service firm said.

The count of oil rigs stood at 1575 for the week, up 11 from the prior week and 187 units ahead of the year-ago figure.

The tally of gas rigs was by eight units to 338, off 42 from a year ago.

The number of rigs in the Gulf of Mexico was up by one this week to 63 and ahead by two from a year ago.

Texas saw the greatest increase in rig activity, adding 12 rigs for a total of 900, with the Permian basin adding two units and the Eagle Ford three.

Oklahoma and Pennyslvania tacked on four and five rigs for totals of 212 and 55 respectively. Accordingly the Marcellus play added four units for a total of 80.

Kansas dropped by three units for a total of 25, while Arkansas, Ohio and West Virginia all shed a single rig.

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