Drillers use mobile drilling rigs, multinational workforce, to improve operations

Kuwait drilling operations-1 Dean E. GaddyDrilling Editor Three Super-Kenworth trucks are moving Santa Fe Rig 160 (Kuwaiti Rig 7), mast up. Before this system was introduced, rig moves took as long as 7 days. Now, Santa Fe can move a rig in 18 hr over a distance of 15 km (Fig. 1). (Photo courtesy of Santa Fe) A motivated, multinational workforce has achieved extraordinary gains in drilling efficiencies by using highly mobile drilling rigs to deal with tough desert and geologic conditions. This first part of a two-part series describes three classes of drilling rigs designed for fast rig moves, the makeup of a flexible, multinational workforce, and further provides detail...

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