Rig activity dips slightly this week in Western Canada

Image: Carter Haydu, JWN

Producers had 234 drilling rigs at work on Thursday afternoon (38 per cent of the fleet was active), down slightly from 237 active rigs at the close of last week (39 per cent active).

For the same week a year ago, 227 rigs were at work (36 per cent of the fleet was active).

Crescent Point was the top driller across the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin on Thursday afternoon, with 16 active rigs, followed closely by Canadian Natural with 15.

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.)