Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Western Energy Sends Drilling Rig to Southern U.S. as Canadian Activity Dries Up

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Western Energy Sends Drilling Rig to Southern U.S. as Canadian Activity Dries Up

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Drilling rig relocations to U.S. continuing

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CALGARY - Drilling companies continue to move rigs from Western Canada to the more active oilfields of the southern United States.

Calgary-based Western Energy Services Corp. says it moved a drilling rig from Canada to the U.S. Permian Basin oil play in western Texas and southeastern New Mexico early this year and will likely move more rigs in the near future.

It says the addition took its U.S. drilling fleet to eight rigs, including a drilling rig purchased and upgraded in the U.S. near the end of 2018 and also deployed in the Permian Basin.

The Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors says its members relocated 16 of their rigs to the U.S. in 2018, up from just six in 2017. So far this year, four rigs have been moved south of the border. …

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