Bakken Rig Count Unchanged as U.S. Increases

The Bakken-Three Forks rig count remained flat this week, with Baker Hughes reporting 38 rigs running across our coverage area by midday Friday.

In recent Bakken news, ExxonMobil executives announced their 2017 capital spending program to be around $22 billion, an increase of 16 percent from 2016. Of that amount, they will allocate $5.5 billion for drilling in Bakken Shale and Permian basin.

Read more: ExxonMobil Bets on U.S. Shale

A total of 768 oil and gas rigs were running across the United States this week, an increase of 12 over than last week. 151 rigs targeted natural gas (five more than the previous week) and 617 were targeting oil in the U.S. (eight more than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.)  37 of the rigs active in the U.S. were running in North Dakota.

Bakken Oil & Gas Rigs

Bakken oil rigs were at 38 this week with Bloomberg reporting WTI oil prices falling to $48.49 on Friday afternoon. The Bakken has zero natural active gas rig in the area this week with futures trading at $3.01/mmbtu by midday.

McKenzie County leads production in the region with 18 rigs running this week. View the full list below under the Bakken Drilling by County section.

Activity continues to be dominated by horizontal drilling:

  • 38 rigs are drilling horizontal wells
  • 0 rigs are drilling directional wells
  • 0 rigs are drilling vertical wells

Rig Count by County

Bakken Shale Rig Count by County

Bakken Shale Rig Count by County


What is the Rig Count?

The Bakken Shale Rig Count is an index of the total number of oil & gas drilling rigs running across Montana and North Dakota. The rigs referred to in this article are for ALL drilling reported by Baker Hughes and not solely wells targeting the Bakken formation. All land rigs and onshore rig data shown here are based upon industry estimates provided by the Baker Hughes Rig Count.

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