Saskatchewan sees 47 drilling rigs at work

On a day when West Texas Intermediate hit US$75.55 per barrel, Saskatchewan’s active drilling rig count came in at 47 on Oct. 1, according to sister publication Rig Locator (

That’s up from 37 just the previous week, on Sept. 27. Sixteen contractors were working for 22 operators. Activity was a little thinner in west central Saskatchewan and in the southwest, but picked up in the southeast.

Starting in southeast Saskatchewan, the fleet was spread throughout much of the region, with the only notable concentration in the Torquay area, where four rigs were working in close proximity for Crescent Point Energy Corp.

Adonai Resources II Corporation had Crusader Drilling Corp. Rig 1 working at Carnduff. Aldon Oils Ltd. was using Lasso Drilling Corporation Rig 1 at Manor.

Astra Oil Corp. had Stampede Drilling Rig 2 at Viewfield. Burgess Creek Exploration Inc. employed Betts Drilling Ltd. Rig 1 at Northgate, an area that rig has spent much of its career working.

Highrock Resources Ltd. saw Betts Rig 2 working a Minard. Midale Petroleums Ltd. had Alliance Drilling and Oilfield Service Rig 2 at Hastings.

Ridgeback Resources Inc. was at the northern fringe of the southeast region, running Horizon Drilling Rig 33 at Coyote Lake.

Torc Oil & Gas Ltd. had two rigs going, both from Trinidad Drilling Ltd. Rig 427 was at Hoffer, and Rig 428 was at Weir Hill.

Vermillion Energy Inc. employed five rigs turning to the right. Panther Drilling Corp. Rig 3 was at Antler and Rig 4 was at Alameda. CWC Ironhand Drilling Rig 2 was at Pinto. Tempco Drilling Company Inc. Rig 9 was at Wordsworth. Horizon Drilling Rig 29 was at Oungre.

Whitecap Resources Inc. had one rig going at Weyburn, where Precision Drilling Rig 275 has been going since the summer.

Ensign Drilling Inc. Rig 689 was reported up at Esterhazy, working for Mosaic.

Crescent Point had 12 rigs going in Saskatchewan. Stampede Drilling Rig 4 was at Torquay. Alliance Drilling Rig 5 was at Midale. At Griffin, Precision Drilling Rig 146 was drilling, while rig 150 was at Dollard.

In yet another indication that helium resources are widespread in southwest Saskatchewan, Savanna Drilling Rig 629 was out by its lonesome, drilling southeast of Swift Current at Wymark for North American Helium Inc.

For Crescent Point, Horizon Drilling Rig 27 was at Oungre while Rig 34 was at Torquay. Trinidad Drilling Ltd. Rig 421 was at Bromhead while Rig 423 was at Oungre. Ensign Drilling Inc. Rig 650 was at Torquay. Horizon Drilling Rig 34 was at Torquay while Rig 16 was at Whitemud.  Savanna Drilling Rig 419 was at Eastbrook. Precision Drilling rig 150 was at Dollard.

In west central Saskatchewan, Teine Energy Ltd. had four Ensign rigs working. Rig 350 was at Kerrobert and Rigs 351, 356 and 358 were at Plato.

Prairie Thunder Resources Ltd. employed Bonanza Drilling Inc. Rig 2 at Macklin. Broadview Energy Ltd. had Precision Drilling Rig 133 at Druid.

Baytex Energy had Savanna Rig 441 at Dodsland and rig 439 at Hoosier. Precision Drilling Rig 155 was at Soda Lake.

While Husky’s usual operations are in northwest Saskatchewan, Precision Drilling Rig 157 was reported at Mondou, south of Elrose.

Moving into the northwest, Husky was the big player, with an additional five rigs going. At Celtic, Akita Drilling Ltd. Rig 6 was drilling. Predator Drilling Inc. Rig 12 as at Rush Lake, and Rig 14 was at Spruce Lake. Precision Drilling rig 197 was at Bolney and Rig 198 was at Lashburn.

BlackPearl Resources Inc. continued its Onion Lake drilling program with Lasso Rig 3.


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