Drilling picks up a bit

Saskatchewan saw a bump in its active drilling rig count, hitting 42 on Oct. 11 compared to 27 on Oct. 4. That’s according to sister publication Rig Locator (riglocator.ca)

Crescent Point Energy Corp. led the charge, with 14 rigs in the field across the country, 12 of which were in Saskatchewan. The company has been the usual leader for drilling rigs across the country, and this past week was no different, with the company four rigs ahead of second place Tourmaline Oil Corp.

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Baytex Energy Ltd. was in second place in Saskatchewan, with four rigs working, three in west central Saskatchewan and one near Maidstone.

Activity levels picked up substantially in west central Saskatchewan near Kindersley, with 15 rigs at work from Macklin to Plato.

What’s notable is that for the first time in a long time, it appears Husky Energy is drilling a well close to Lloydminster with one just six kilometres east of the upgrader.

Looking over the eastern border, Manitoba had four rigs going. Notably, one rig was drilling close to Waskada, which hasn’t seen much drilling activity in recent years after a boom about nine years ago. It was being drilled by Tundra Oil and Gas, which bought up a lot of the production in that area several years ago.

Alberta continues its flat trend with some of the lowest fall numbers recorded in many years. It reported only 94 rigs working, roughly 55 fewer rigs that was working at the same time over the last two years.

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