The Petroleum industry in Saskatchewan is showing a positive start for 2017.
The Saskatchewan government says drilling activity during the first three months of the year were more than double the figures of 2016.
Energy and Resources minister Dustin Duncan says an increase of more than 450 wells drilled is an optimistic indicator for Saskatchewan’s oil industry and the overall economic outlook.
The number of wells drilled from January to the end of March was 856, compared to 399 wells drilled in the same period in 2016.
Saskatchewan’s oil and gas industry is responsible for an estimated 15 percent of the provinces gross domestic product.
A total of 16 hundred 48 oil wells were drilled in Saskatchewan in 2016, down 10 percent from 18 hundred and 31 oil wells drilled in 2015.