Amoco saves $31 million in deepwater drilling operations

P. Michael Harris Amoco Corp. Houston Transocean's Discoverer 534 was used extensively in Amoco's 1997 drilling program and set a benchmark record in 6,403 ft of water. It also holds the water depth record of 7,612 ft set 1996. Continuous operations with this drillship have reduced the learning curve, enhanced safety, and promoted contractor/operator relations (Fig. 5) About this report Offshore technologies continue to expand in the Gulf of Mexico and North Sea as articles in this year's OGJ offshore report reveal. Amoco has drilled four ultra-deep wells since February 1997, while a spar built in Finland with two main hull sta...

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