​Just over 100 drilling rigs still working across Western Canada

Image: Trinidad Drilling

Drillers continue to lay down rigs due to spring breakup, with 17 fewer rigs working this week than a week ago.

There were 108 active rigs on Thursday afternoon (17 per cent of the fleet was active), down from 125 at the close of last week (20 per cent active), according to Rig Locator.

During the same week a year ago, only 38 rigs were active (six per cent active rate).

Seven Generations Energy Ltd. was the busiest operator Thursday afternoon, with 11 rigs at work, followed by Encana Corporation and Tourmaline Oil Corp., which each had seven active rigs.

Active rigs on the Rig Locator website are defined as rigs that are drilling, rigging up or moving.

(Note: This data differs from the rig counts tracked by the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors, which bases its utilization rates on whether rigs are drilling, which it defines as spud to rig release, or down).