Number of U.S. active drilling rigs increases this week
Last Updated: 2018-12-29 11:27 | Xinhua
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The number of active drilling rigs in the United States increased by three to 1,083 this week, or 154 more than last year's same period, according to weekly data released by Baker Hughes on Friday.

The number of land drilling rigs increased by three to 1,056 rigs. The number of inland waters drilling rigs and offshore drilling rigs stayed level at three rigs and 24 rigs, respectively.

The number of directional drilling rigs decreased by one to 70 rigs. The number of horizontal drilling rigs increased by five to 945 rigs, and the number of vertical drilling rigs fell by one to 68 rigs.

The Houston-based oilfield services company reported that the U.S. state of Alaska led the gain with increasing by two to seven rigs. Texas increased by one to 532 rigs.

The number of rigs operating in U.S. oil fields increased by two to 885 rigs this week, and more than half of the oil rigs were located in the Permian Basin region of western Texas and southeastern New Mexico. The number of rigs drilling for gas increased by one to 198 rigs this week.

U.S. oil prices rose on Friday. The West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for February delivery increased 0.72 U.S. dollar to settle at 45.33 dollars a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

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