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  • Drilling developments

    Robert E. Snyder, Executive Eng. Editor

    Forecasting wells to be drilled this year has not been fun. Everyone thinks more rigs will be working, but no one expects anything close to a boom. It is amazing to look at the plots of US onshore drilling rigs working in 2001 and 2002. From a peak of over 1,250 in July 2001, the bottom fell out, to 750, in only nine months, and the recovery has been minimal; some 400 of those 1,250 rigs are still stacked. The international rig count, conversely, behaved as it has for three years: peaking in the first quarter, dropping in the second quarter, then moving back up significantly. These curves are shown in the Industry at a glance feature.

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