U.S. companies added oil rigs for seventh week in a rowStaff Writer | December 16, 2016
U.S. energy companies this week added oil rigs for a seventh week in a row, extending a seven-month drilling recovery as crude prices held near a 17-month high.
Oil exploration Drillers have added oil rigs in 26 of the past 29 weeks
Since crude prices briefly recovered from 13-year lows to around $50 a barrel in May, drillers have added oil rigs in 26 of the past 29 weeks for a total of 194, the biggest recovery in rigs since a global oil glut crushed the market over two years.
Almost two-thirds of the rigs added since May, or 121, were in the Permian basin, the nation's biggest shale oil formation located in west Texas and eastern New Mexico, bringing the total there up to 258, the most since April 2015.
The Baker Hughes oil rig count plunged from a record 1,609 in October 2014 to a six-year low of 316 in May as U.S. crude prices collapsed from over $107 a barrel in June 2014 to near $26 in February 2016. ■