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U.S. oil drillers cut rigs for first week in six

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Staff Writer | December 15, 2017
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Oil exploration   510 rigs were active

U.S. energy companies this week cut oil rigs for the first time in six weeks in spite of prices rising close to their highest in over two years and drillers starting to boost spending plans for next year.

The oil rig count fell by four to 747 in the week to December 15, General Electric’s Baker Hughe said.

The U.S. rig count, an early indicator of future output, is still much higher than a year ago when only 510 rigs were active after energy companies boosted spending plans for 2017 as crude started recovering from a two-year price crash.

The increase in U.S. drilling lasted 14 months before briefly stalling in August, September and October as some producers trimmed their 2017 spending plans after prices turned softer over the summer.

Energy firms started adding rigs again in November as crude prices rose.



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