Atypical planning process cuts drilling costs for Shell

A new planning process that defines an ideal well under optimum conditions, then works to eliminate all barriers to that perfect state, has cut drilling times and costs for units of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group.The Shell group's "Drilling the Limit" program is a different approach from the usual process of incrementally improving existing procedures. Click here to enlarge image"We look for new ways to improve performance," says Don Jacobsen, drilling manager for Shell Exploration & Production Co. (SEPCO), Houston, who helped put together the US version of Drilling the Limit in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) last year.Woodside Petroleum, an Australian independent in which the Shell group has...

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