Hibernia well sets records

The Hibernia drilling team completed the oil-producing well, B-16 36 (OPA1), off Newfoundland, on Nov. 17, 2003. The well is the longest reach well at this vertical depth in the world. It took 212 days to complete, is more than 30,000 ft measured depth (MD), and almost 13,000 ft true vertical depth, according to ExxonMobil Canada Ltd."Drilling this well would have been impossible 10 years ago," said Alex Dodds, president of ExxonMobil Canada. "We originally thought we would have to drill a subsea well and tie it back. Successfully drilling it from the platform cut the total cost by about 50%."The Hibernia oil field is about 200 miles east-southeast of St. John's, Newf., and Labrador, ...

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