Northeast B.C. Rig Report - August 15

Eight drilling rigs are at work in Northeast B.C. this week, according to Rig Locator.

Just 17% of the region's fleet is being utilized with 40 rigs down. Last year during the same week, 18 rigs were active in the region.

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Precision Drilling (5), Ensign Drilling (2), and Nabors Drilling (1) are the active contractors in the region this week.

  • Ensign 40 is drilling for gas for Painted Pony at Town. Spud was Aug. 10. 

  • Ensign 444 is drilling for gas for Saguaro Resources at Laprise Creek. Spud was Aug. 8.
  • Nabors 120 is moving in to Bubbles to drill for Petronas.
  • Precision 533 is drilling for gas for Tourmaline Oil at Gundy Creek. Spud was Aug. 4. 
  • Precision 538 is drilling for gas for Tourmaline Oil at Doe. Spud was Aug. 9. 
  • Precision 544 is drilling for gas for Petronas Canada at Blueberry. Spud was Aug. 11.
  • Precision 546 is drilling for gas for Tourmaline Oil at Town. Spud was Aug. 10. 
  • Precision 867 is drilling for oil for ConocoPhillips Canada at Inga. Spud was Aug. 3. 

Across Western Canada, 145 rigs are working out of 547, for a utilization rate of 27%, and down from 150 rigs last week.

Alberta has 95 rigs working out of 384, for a utilization rate of 25%, and down from 98 rigs last week.

Saskatchewan has 40 rigs working out of 111, down from 42 last week, for a utilization rate of 36%.

There are two of four rigs active in Manitoba, and none active in Eastern Canada.

At this time last year, there were 233 rigs at work across Canada.

Source: RigLocator (Data from RigLocator is compiled twice daily based on reports from the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors.)

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