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ND gas production ticks up in January as oil production stays steady

North Dakota gas production climbed as oil production remained relatively unchanged month over month in January while 2,263 wells were idle.

Gas producers reported 84.3 Bcf in the month, or 2.72 Bcf/d, according to preliminary figures released by the state Industrial Commission. That was up from December's adjusted total of 82.2 Bcf, or 2.65 Bcf/d.

Oil production came in at 43.5 million barrels, or 1.40 million barrels per day. For December, adjusted oil production was also around 43.5 million bbl.

The top-producing county for gas in January was McKenzie, with 43.2 Bcf. Williams County came in second, at 16.1 Bcf. McKenzie was also the biggest oil producer in January, with 18.1 million bbl produced. The second-leading oil county was Dunn, with 8.0 million bbl.

Of the 17,660 wells capable of production, 15,397 were in use in January.