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2nd Annual Horizontal Drilling USA: Extended Laterals Congress 2014

Production in the last quarter of 2013 averaged at 7.621 million barrels of crude oil per day - the highest daily average in 24 years and the largest year-on-year production growth between 2012 and 2013. Continuous advances and efficiencies in horizontal drilling has enabled operators to access previously unrecoverable oil and gas reserves and as a result, operators are constantly trying to push the envelope and drill further and faster, with better well control. However, drilling these longer laterals does not come without its challenges and the biggest question operators are currently finding themselves asking is how to push the limits of horizontal drilling whilst minimizing cost and risk of failure downhole.

Minimizing tool related downtime, increasing rates of penetration and maintaining directional plans, borehole stability and formation integrity are of key concern. New and advanced technologies and reconfigurations of conventional drilling systems can enable operators to optimize drilling performance and cost but the functionality and economic feasibility of these new methods is still very much under question. Every formation presents its own set of challenges, which can vary considerably from well to well and from one play to the next, making the implementation of the right tools even more complex when navigating through longer laterals.

The 2nd Annual Horizontal Drilling USA: Extended Laterals Congress 2014 was dedicated solely to optimizing drilling techniques and equipment reliability to execute long reach laterals. Wholly based on operator's latest drilling results across the US, the congress seek to push the limits of horizontal drilling in extended reach laterals through a comprehensive investigation of BHA design, tool reliability and tool selection to provide established solutions to reduce drill time, increase the ROP, maximize footage drilled per day and minimize risk of failure when drilling longer laterals.


Day one defined the economic optimal length, tool selection and rig capabilities for extended reach laterals to not only determine the point at which production stops justifying the additional cost of lateral foot drilled but also maximize utilization of available pumping pressure and horse power. For the first time, operators provided an in-depth analysis of rotary steerable systems to examine their functionality relative to cost and the economics of applying them to longer laterals. Following this there were case studies identifying measures to mitigate BHA failures and advances in BHA configuration to optimize hole cleaning in longer laterals. 


Day two started by examining the tools a leading operator has used to increase drilling efficiencies in longer laterals and shave days off schedule. Case studies on optimizing directional control and technological advances in geosteering were then be discussed. Following this there were presentations on determining the true mud weight and optimal bit selection to minimize torque and drag and enable the drilling of longer laterals. Borehole stability in terms of casing design and design requirements for different shale formations will also be discussed in full detail. Last but not least, the day ended examining how to optimize motor and drilling performance through automation systems and running higher differential pressures across motors to extend motor life.

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The Horizontal Drilling USA: Extended Laterals Congress 2014 was tactically designed to be...

... the only event focusing entirely on optimizing drilling techniques and equipment reliability for the execution of long reach laterals.The event hosted technical drilling experts from leading E&P companies to deliver practical solutions for increasing ROP whilst minimizing costs and downtime:

EXTENDED REACH LATERALS: Defining the economic optimal length to recover incremental value for every additional foot drilled using less expensive motors and advanced rotary steerable systems

ROTARY STEERABLE SYSTEMS: Assessing proven production practices to increase the ROP and maintain directional plans to justify the cost of rotary steerable assemblies

TOOL RELIABILITY: Breaking down how tool failures are being minimized to extend the life motors, reduce refurbishment costs and still drill very long laterals without moving to rotary steerable systems

BHA ASSEMBLY: Examining how BHA design improvements and advances are enabling operators to minimize rig related downtime and control costs

HOLE CLEANING: Managing the drilling and delivery of longer boreholes with reduced cuttings drop outs to achieve the longest horizontal possible

GEOSTEERING: Grasping reservoir navigation and control to successfully direct the tool to go and stay in the target panel


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