Roland Vighetto, Matthieu Naegel, Emmanuel Pradi?
Total Austral SA Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
Located at the southern tip of South America in Tierra del Fuego, the Cullen Norte No. 1 set a world record 10,585 m of horizontal displacement, reaching a TD of 11,184 m in March 1999. Forasol's Rig No. 1625/3, on location facing the South Atlantic Ocean, uses a variety of innovative extended-reach drilling technologies, including a horizontal pickup-laydown machine and cuttings-weighing equipment (Fig. 1).
This horizontal pickup-laydown machine allowed Total and Forasol to overcome space limitations associated...