Point of View: Harsh environments, emerging technologies, organizational capacity to shape future of drilling

The petroleum industry must develop oil and gas reserves where it finds them. Exploration and development drilling have moved to harsher environments and deeper waters, and developing reservoirs that are deep below the mudline creates severe operational and well design challenges."The deepwater operating environment is pushing current drilling technology to the limit. This is happening in several dimensions," said Michael L. Payne, senior advisor in BP PLC's upstream technology group, in a recent interview discussing technologies and issues shaping the industry.He believes that meeting the challenge will not only require new technologies, but companies will have to deal with skill ret...

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