Extended-reach drilling develops Sacate field, offshore California

ExxonMobil Corp. drilled the Sacate Sa-2 well from its Heritage platform offshore California in 1,075 ft of water in May 2000, which the company believes set the North American record for extended- reach drilling (ERD).Being the fourth ERD well drilled by ExxonMobil over the past 2 years in the Santa Ynez unit (SYU), the Sa-2 reached a horizontal displacement (HD) of 21,277 ft with a 24,660 ft measured depth (MD) and a 6,704 ft TVD.Unlike many world-class ERD wells, the Sa-2 did not include a horizontal section but dropped angle from the top of the reservoir.Measured from the mud line to the 95/8-in. casing point at 22,815 ft MD, the well has a maximum HD/TVD ratio of 4.4.The company beli...

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