Domestic drilling activity declined again last week while one more mobile offshore rig came off contract in the Gulf of Mexico, energy surveys showed Monday.
Baker Hughes Inc. reported 881 rigs working in the United States last week, 29 fewer than the previous week and down from 937 rigs during the same period last year.Offshore Data Services reported one more mobile offshore rig came off contract in the Gulf of Mexico last week, dropping the utilization rate to 64 percent with 128 rigs working out of a fleet of 200.
Two more rigs got contracts in European waters, boosting the utilization rate there to 92.3 percent with 132 rigs working out of a fleet of 143.
Offshore Data reported 543 working offshore worldwide out of a fleet of 665 for a utiliation rate of 81.7 percent.
Texas had 326 rotary rigs working, down from 339 in both the previous week and in the same period last year, Baker Hughes reported.
Other rig counts were Louisiana, 143, 135 and 151; New Mexico, 31, 36 and 38; Oklahoma, 124, 122 and 199; Canada, 70, 127 and 93.