Shell drills world's first MonoDiameter well in South Texas

Shell Exploration & Production Co. (Sepco), Houston, announced last month the successful completion of the world's first application of the expandable tubular technology the company calls MonoDiameter.A collaborative effort of Sepco, Shell International Exploration & Production Inc., and Houston-based Enventure Global Technology LLC, the technology eliminates the telescoping effect in current well design, the companies say, allowing operators to slim down the top of the well while increasing the well diameter at TD.The Starr County, Tex., Thomas-Rife Gas Unit No. 15 is a Vicksburg gas producer that the company spudded May 18. Drilling and completion of the well employed four of Envent...

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