Oil on the rise

Photo by Brian Zinchuk

Drilling rig activity in Saskatchewan is seeing consistent activity in all regions of the province, as well as three companies drilling for helium and one for lithium.

That’s according to Canadian Association of Energy Contractors data, published by RiggerTalk.com.

In southeast Saskatchewan, fifteen rigs were making hole.

Taprock was drilling south of Carnduff with Betts Drilling Rig 2, close to the U.S. border. Betts Rig 4 was working a little north of that, at Glen Ewen, for Villanova.

Vermillion Energy Inc. had Panther Drilling Rig 3 at Northgate.

Savanna Drilling Rig 436 was drilling south of Manor for Vermillion. Betts Rig 3 was drilling closer to Manor for Saturn Oil & Gas.

Near Hazelwood, Cache Island Corp. employed Precision Drilling Rig 275. Close to it, Crescent Point Energy Corp. had Precisions Rig 195.

The Lampman area is the new centre of activity in recent years, with five rigs in close proximity. Stampede Drilling Rig 4 was east of Lampman, drilling for Tundra Oil & Gas. Panther Drilling Rig 4 was just south of Lampman drilling for Vital Energy Inc.

North of Lampman, at Browning, Whitecap Resources Inc. had Ensign Drilling Inc. Rig 423. They also had Stampede Rig 17 northwest of Lampman. Stampede Rig 7 was nearby, at Woodley, drilling for Crescent Point.

A little to the west, at Bryant, Stampede Rig 2 was working for Surge Energy Inc.

Notable for their absence, there were no rigs working in close proximity to Stoughton, which is heart of the Viewfield Bakken play.

Only one rig was working in the Torquay/Oungre area, with Ensign Drilling Rig 421 drilling for Crescent Point at Ratcliffe.

Moving to the west along the U.S. border one finds two helium rigs. Savanna Drilling Rig 418 is drilling for Helium Evolution south of Lafleche and near Glentworth. Just north of Monchy, Stampede Rig 8 was working for Royal Helium Ltd.

Southwest of Shaunavon, Crescent Point had Savanna Rig 416. South of that, and north of Frontier, Savanna Rig 419 was also drilling for Crescent Point.

The map shows North American Helium drilling southwest of Shaunavon. This is a new area for North American, which has done most of its work at Battle Creek north of Consul. More recently, North American has been drilling near Mankota.

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Moving to west central Saskatchewan, Saturn had Savanna Rig 431 working east of Plato. This is an area it recently picked up from Crescent Point. Teine Energy Ltd. Had a right just northeast of Plato.

Baytex had Savanna Rig 441 working just north of Kindersley. Teine had Ensign Rig 351 between Dodsland and Brock, and Ensign Rig 356 just northeast of Dodsland.

Precision Drilling Rig 145 was making hole for Strathcona Resources Ltd. northwest of Kelfield.

At Hoosier, Teine had Ensign Rig 350. Ish Energy Ltd. employed Lasso Drilling Corp. Rig 6 northeast of Hoosier.

The area north of Coleville had four rigs working. Baytex had Savanna Rig 425 and Precision Rig 155, Whitecap had Bonanza Drilling Rig 2.

A standout is Grounded Lithium, drilling its first hole, making this the second targeted lithium hole drilled in Saskatchewan. The first was drilled late last summer by Prairie Lithium, near Torquay. Grounded’s hole is at 04-15-032-23W3.

Right along the Alberta border, Savanna Rig 414 was listed working for “Potash.”

Jumping up to northwest Saskatchewan, six rigs were working. Rife Resources had Precision Rig 204 turning to the right near Lashburn. Cenovus had Precision Rig 198 north of Maidstone, Rig 254 southeast of Edam, Rig 197 and Rig 147 at Spruce Lake.

Finally, International Petroleum Corp. had Ensign Rig 650 at Onion Lake.

 

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  • 0024 Southern Bolt Katrina Southern Folk Rock Intro
  • 0023 LC Trucking tractor picker hiring mix
  • 0022 Grimes winter hiring
  • 0021 OSY Rentals S8 Promo
  • 0019 Jerry Mainil Ltd hiring dugout
  • 0018 IWS Hiring Royal Summer
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  • 0013 Panther Drilling PO ad 03 top drive rigs
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  • 0004 Royal Helium PO Ad 02
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