Drilling activity is on the rise this year, according to recent data. The American Petroleum Institute (API) announced July 12 that estimated total wells drilled and completed in the second quarter of 2017 increased 62 percent compared to the second quarter of 2016.
These figures include a 41 percent increase in estimated development gas well completions and a dramatic 81 percent increase in total estimated oil well completions from levels a year ago. Total estimated oil well completions also increased 19 percent from the first quarter of 2017.
Growing well completion figures could lead to an increase in U.S. oil production, which rose 62 percent from 2010 to 2016, and U.S. natural gas production which, also increased 26 percent during the same time.
“Today’s report further solidifies the United States as a global energy superpower,” said Hazem Arafa, director of API’s statistics department. “With the trend of drilling activity increasing, the United States is poised to continue leading the world in the production and refining of oil and natural gas. The global energy balance is shifting as U.S. resources are increasingly meeting domestic and global demand, and it’s important for U.S. policymakers to embrace America’s leadership in the safe and environmentally-responsible development of our resources, which help keeps energy affordable for consumers and strengthens our national security.”
API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the oil and natural gas industry, which supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy. API’s more than 625 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms. They provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 40 million Americans.
For more information and to subscribe to the complete 2017 API Quarterly Well Completion Report, Second Quarter, visit API’s primary distributor, IHS, at www.global.ihs.com.