HORIZONTAL DRILLING FANNING OUT AS TECHNOLOGY ADVANCES AND FLOW RATES JUMP

04/23/1990
G. Alan Petzet Senior Staff Writer Horizontal drilling has become a significant, permanent fixture of the oil and gas industry. Operators, service companies, regulatory agencies, royalty owners, and others are still adjusting their thinking to horizontal from vertical drilling, which most knowledgeable forecasters expect to remain the majority technology. A technological synthesis the past 5 years has transformed horizontal drilling into an integral tool of the industry, even though some problems remain. Horizontal wells are becoming "conventional" and must be considered a viable alternative to vertical wells ...
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