US rig count up three as prices climb

The rig count in the Permian Basin was up two this week, the latest count Friday by Baker Hughes shows, with 311 rigs active in the region. A year ago, 346 rigs were active in the region.

Nationally, the oil and gas rig count is up three from last week at 622 rigs. A year ago, 769 rigs were active. The count shows that 501 rigs sought oil, up four from the previous week, and 117 explored for natural gas, down one from the previous week.

The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981. It bottomed out in August of 2020 at 244.

The regional benchmark Plains-West Texas Intermediate Posting ended Friday at $84.17 per barrel, up $4.90 from last Friday’s close. National benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude ended at $87.69 per barrel, up $4.90 from the previous week.