Elk Hills ready for new horizontal drilling chapter

Horizontal Wells Completed in Elk Hills Field [26,244 bytes] The first chapter of horizontal drilling at supergiant Elk Hills oil and gas field ended in May with impending sale of the U.S. Department of Energy's 78% interest in the field. Occidental Petroleum Corp., the high bidder, has already expressed interest in a second chapter (OGJ, Oct. 13, 1997, p. 35). Nine years ago, co-owners of the field, DOE 78% and Chevron USA Inc. 22%, with Bechtel Petroleum Operations Inc. as contract operator, moved out to the cutting edge of horizontal drilling in California with the state's first large hole horizontal wells. The well chosen to point the way wa...

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