​Saskatchewan drilling numbers continue to be better this year than last

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Estevan — Saskatchewan’s active drilling rig count in 2018 has, at almost all points except the month of June, been better than the same corresponding times in 2017 and markedly better than 2016.

That’s according to Rig Locator, which updates its data daily.

For one week in March and June into the first week of July, the rig count was better in 2017. Otherwise, through the winter drilling season and the rest of July and August, the rig count has been better this year. In August it hovered around the 49 to 55 range, with the count coming in at 52 on Aug. 21.

Twenty-three companies were drilling in Saskatchewan this week, with a significant uptick in drilling in northwest Saskatchewan, north of Highway 16, with seven rigs working in that area and one just south of 16 at Maidstone.

Crescent Point Energy Corp., was, as usual, at the top of the leader board. It was in this position both nationally, with 17 rigs, and provincially, where 15 of those 17 rigs were working.

— Pipeline News