July 21–The Permian Basin rig count was unchanged at 476 overall, but there were several large shifts at the county level.
Lea County, New Mexico, swung five rigs higher to 51, and Upton County saw its count rise by four. Ward County, however, saw its tally drop by five to 18, and Gaines County, which nine weeks ago had six rigs, lost its pair of rigs this week.
Reeves County leads the Permian with 73 rigs, up three. Midland County idled one rig, leaving 50.
Other counties with double-digit rig counts this week were Eddy, New Mexico (48); Martin (35); Loving (32); Howard (21); Pecos (21); Reagan (20); Winkler (18); Culberson (17); Glasscock (13); and Andrews (12).
Railroad Commission District 8, which includes most of the Permian’s most active counties, fell by two rigs to 314. District 7B saw renewed activity after Fisher County recorded one rig. District 7C added one rig for a total of 48. District 8A fell by four to 13. New Mexico’s portion of the Permian rose by four to 100.
The Permian had 374 rigs a year ago.
TEXAS &NEW MEXICO
Texas’ rig count fell by five, leaving 523 rigs statewide; of that tally, 376 were in the Permian. The Eagle Ford in South Texas was unchanged at 81. The Barnett in North Texas fell by one to three.
Nineteen of the Haynesville’s 49 rigs were in East Texas; four of the Granite Wash’s 12 rigs were in the Panhandle.
Texas had two rigs offshore.
New Mexico’s rig count rose by four to 103 on its Permian gains. The state had one non-Permian rig in Curry County and two in San Juan County.
At this time last year, Texas had 463 rigs and New Mexico counted 57.
US & CANADA
The rig count across the U.S. slipped by eight to 1,046. Oil rigs fell by five to 858; natural gas rigs dropped by two to 187. The miscellaneous-rig count was halved to one. All offshore rigs were in the Gulf of Mexico, which fell by two to 17. Inland waters rigs were unchanged at five.
By drilling trajectory, there were 922 horizontal rigs, down eight; 57 vertical rigs, up one; and 67 directional rigs, down one.
Basins with the highest counts were the Permian, the Eagle Ford, the Cana Woodford (71), the Williston (56) and the Marcellus (51). States with the most rig activity were Texas, Oklahoma (138), New Mexico, Louisiana (56) and North Dakota (56).
The U.S. had 950 rigs last year.
Canada added 14 rigs for a total of 211, a tally five higher than the year-ago count. Gas rigs leapt by 11 to 69; oil rigs rose by three to 142.
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The following are county-by-county rig counts, with changes in parentheses, for the week ending July 20.
Fisher 1 (+1)
Total 1 (+1)
Reagan 20 (-3)
Tom Green 1
Upton 23 (+4)
Total 48 (+1)
Glasscock 13 (+1)
Howard 21 (+1)
Loving 32 (-2)
Midland 50 (-1)
Pecos 21 (+2)
Reeves 73 (+3)
Ward 18 (-5)
Total 314 (-2)
Borden 2 (-1)
Gaines 0 (-2)
Yoakum 8 (-1)
Total 13 (-4)
Eddy 48 (-1)
Lea 51 (+5)
Total 100 (+4)
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