Number of active U.S. drilling rigs increases this week

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HOUSTON, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) -- The number of active drilling rigs in the United States increased by nine to 360 rigs this week, down by 421 year on year, according to the weekly data released Friday by Houston-based oilfield services company Baker Hughes.

These active drilling rigs included 275 oil rigs operating in the U.S. oil fields, up by wight from the previous week; 84 gas drilling rigs, up by one from the previous week and one miscellaneous rigs, unchanged from last week.

The 360 rigs included 341 land drilling rigs, up by nine from the previous week; 17 offshore drilling rigs and two inland water drilling rig, both unchanged from last week.

Of them, 22 are directional drilling rigs, 320 are horizontal drilling rigs and 18 are vertical drilling rigs.

During the week, the state of New Mexico added the most by four rigs, reaching 69 rigs in total.

By far, the Permian Basin in western Texas and eastern New Mexico has been the largest source of shale oil production growth in the United States, having become an engine of supply growth outside the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries in the past years.

The United States became a world important oil producer in the past years with the help of its shale oil production growth. Meanwhile, China continues to be one of the biggest oil consumers of the world.

According to the latest release from the Chinese National Bureau of Statistics, China's crude oil output up 1.2 percent year on year to 15.96 million tonnes in November 2020. China imported 45.36 million tonnes of crude oil in November 2020, down 0.8 percent year on year. Enditem

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