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The development of Canadian leadership in horizontal drilling technology

Abstract

Horizontal wells are of increasing interest in the oil and gas industry, as is evident from the increase in the numbers of such wells being drilled. Horizontal well technology is used to improve production rates, notably in low permeability formations; to capture reserves if a reservoir is not economic using non-horizontal wells; to manage breakthrough of sweep fluids and increase sweep efficiency; and to extend the areal reach from a single surface location, especially in offshore production. The types of horizontal wells, differentiated on the basis of how quickly the well becomes horizontal, are briefly outlined and a short history of horizontal wells is presented. Canadian accomplishments in this field are then described, including steerable drilling systems, measurement-while-drilling systems, management of hole drag and torque, and well completion techniques. About 25 horizontal wells are forecast to be drilled in Canada in 1989, indicating the favorable future of this technology. 2 figs., 5 tabs.
Authors:
Publication Date:
Jan 01, 1989
Product Type:
Conference
Report Number:
ER/C-CE03393; CONF-8904407-; CE-03393
Reference Number:
CANM-91-007706; EDB-91-055362
Resource Relation:
Conference: CIM (Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy) 91st annual general meeting, 1989, Quebec (Canada), 30 Apr - 3 May 1989
Subject:
02 PETROLEUM; 03 NATURAL GAS; DIRECTIONAL DRILLING; TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT; CANADA; HISTORICAL ASPECTS; WELL DRILLING; DRILLING; NORTH AMERICA; 020300* - Petroleum- Drilling & Production; 030300 - Natural Gas- Drilling, Production, & Processing
OSTI ID:
6040127
Research Organizations:
Esso Resources Canada Ltd., Calgary, AB (Canada). Research Dept.
Country of Origin:
Canada
Language:
English
Availability:
Petroleum Society of CIM, 320, 101-6th Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB, CAN T2P 3P4.
Submitting Site:
CANM
Size:
Pages: (11 p)
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Citation Formats

Hawkins, J R. The development of Canadian leadership in horizontal drilling technology. Canada: N. p., 1989. Web.
Hawkins, J R. The development of Canadian leadership in horizontal drilling technology. Canada.
Hawkins, J R. 1989. "The development of Canadian leadership in horizontal drilling technology." Canada.
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abstractNote = {Horizontal wells are of increasing interest in the oil and gas industry, as is evident from the increase in the numbers of such wells being drilled. Horizontal well technology is used to improve production rates, notably in low permeability formations; to capture reserves if a reservoir is not economic using non-horizontal wells; to manage breakthrough of sweep fluids and increase sweep efficiency; and to extend the areal reach from a single surface location, especially in offshore production. The types of horizontal wells, differentiated on the basis of how quickly the well becomes horizontal, are briefly outlined and a short history of horizontal wells is presented. Canadian accomplishments in this field are then described, including steerable drilling systems, measurement-while-drilling systems, management of hole drag and torque, and well completion techniques. About 25 horizontal wells are forecast to be drilled in Canada in 1989, indicating the favorable future of this technology. 2 figs., 5 tabs.}
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year = {1989}
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