Extended-reach wells tap reserves off California

Oil and gas companies are stymied from developing new leases off the California coast because of state and federal moratoria, but that doesn't mean they're sitting on their wallets (OGJ, Nov. 1, 1999, p. 36). Some are literally extending current projects by drilling extended-reach wells into neighboring subsea strata and breaking records in the process.ExxonMobil Production Co. claims it recently set a national record for offshore extended-reach drilling in Sacate field from its Platform Heritage. It also claims the world record for an extended-reach well in more than 700 ft of water.Sacate No. 1 was drilled to 21,720 ft TD with a vertical depth of 6,083 ft and a lateral reach of ...

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