Number of active U.S. drilling rigs increases this week

2021-04-30 22:07:20 GMT2021-05-01 06:07:20(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

HOUSTON, April 30 (Xinhua) -- The number of active drilling rigs in the United States increased two to 440 rigs this week, up by 32 year on year, according to the weekly data released Friday by Houston-based oilfield services company Baker Hughes.

These active drilling rigs included 342 oil rigs operating in the U.S. oil fields, down by one from the previous week; 96 gas drilling rigs, up by two from the previous week; and two miscellaneous rigs, up by one from last week.

The 440 rigs included 426 land drilling rigs and one inland water rig, both unchanged from last week; and 13 offshore drilling rigs, up by two from last week.

Of them, 23 are directional drilling rigs, 398 are horizontal drilling rigs and 19 are vertical drilling rigs.

During the week, the state of Louisiana gained the most by two rigs, reaching 49 rigs in total.

By far, the Permian Basin in western Texas and eastern New Mexico has been the largest source of shale oil production growth in the United States, an engine of supply growth outside the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries in the past years.

The United States has been a world important oil producer in the past years with the help of its shale oil production growth. Meanwhile, China is one of the biggest oil consumers of the world.

According to the release from the Chinese National Bureau of Statistics, China's crude oil output grew 3.3 percent year on year to 17.09 million tonnes in March. China imported 49.66 million tonnes of crude oil in March this year, up 20.8 percent year on year. Enditem