Precision Drilling says active drilling rig count increasing throughout Q4 Precision's active drilling rig count in both Canada and the United States has been increasing throughout Q4. Precision has 109 active drilling rigs in Canada, 93 in the United States and 12 in international locations. The company expects Precision's Canadian drilling rig count to remain at current levels until industry activity breaks for the holiday season before returning to higher activity after the first of the year. The company expects its Q1 peak activity levels to be similar to winter 2013. In the United States, the company expects recent market share gains to be maintained in the near term and activity levels to increase or decrease with industry activity. Precision currently has 200 Tier 1 rigs and will have 211 Tier 1 drilling rigs upon delivery of all announced new builds, up from 93 Tier 1 rigs in 2009. To date in 2013, the company has completed and delivered eight new build drilling rigs.
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