Italian land rig exploits small reserves

Dean E. Gaddy Drilling Editor On location in Italy's Po Valley, the G-125 drill rig can be set up on pads as small as 30 x 30 m. Conventional rigs require locations about 70 x 90 m in size (Fig. 2). Photo courtesy of Saipem. Both the G-125 and G-200 drill rig handles all drilling and casing tubulars from a vertical position, eliminating the need for horizontal pipe racks, catwalks, and v-doors (Fig. 3). Photo courtesy of Saipem. Both the G-125 and G-200 (shown) drill rigs utilize a top-drive system. Conceptually, the driller handles the drillstring similar to a snubbing unit, utilizing push-pull forces inste...

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