Shell builds well manufacturing system for high-density drilling

10/03/2011
Guntis Moritis Production Editor Royal Dutch Shell and its partner China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) are proceeding to build a well manufacturing system for high-density drilling to recover onshore hydrocarbon resources from such plays as coalbeds, tight sands, and shales. Shell's plan calls for the system to be operating as early as 2013. Business model The system will change the business model for drilling wells by including machinery with a specific tasks and automation for eliminating some human elements that add costs and can cause errors, Peter Sharpe, executive vice-president of wells for Shell, explained in a recent presentation in Houston. "With the number of wells Shell...
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