Light, durable mats extend drilling season in Canada

07/28/2003
Light, durable mats have extended the drilling season in the Western Canadian sedimentary basin (WCSC), as shown by Apache Canada Ltd.'s program in Zama field in Alberta.Newpark Resources Inc., manufactures one such mat, the DURA-BASE, which it describes as an interlocking, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) composite mat system, introduced to the market about 3 years ago.Western CanadaThe industry for some time has known and understood the geology of gas prospects in Western Canada, but difficult access conditions, a narrow 3-4 month drilling window, and increasing environmental concerns have slowed exploration drilling programs. A well site at Apache's Zima field shows the effect...
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