Level 6 multilateral succeeds in heavy oil field trial

Cliff Hogg, Alan MacKenzie, David Crews Baker Oil Tools Houston During September 1998, the world's first TAML Level 6 multilateral was completed in the shallow-sand environment of the Belridge field, near Bakersfield, Calif. The completion system, with the trademark name FORMation Junction, provides an hydraulically sealed, multilateral casing junction that allows two lateral sections to be drilled from a single main bore. For the project, Baker Oil Tools worked with Shell Oil Co. and the field's operator, AERA Energy LLC. The junction uses formed metal technology to create a full-size multilateral junction that, during installation, has an effective outs...

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