Eni-Agip claim deepest producing horizontal well

Italian oil and natural gas company Eni has reported that its Agip division, working with US contractor Schlumberger's Directional Drilling Services, has drilled what is claimed to be the world's deepest producing horizontal oil well.


Italian oil and natural gas company Eni SPA has reported that its Agip division, working with US contractor Schlumberger Ltd.'s Directional Drilling Services Inc., has drilled what is claimed to be the world's deepest producing horizontal oil well.

Drilling at the Villafortuna-Trecate field in Italy was finalized in the first week of October, said Eni, after a final bit run that reached a total depth of 6,421 m at an angle of 89.6�. The horizontal drain extended for 184 m and from 85� to 90�.

Eni credited the Schlumberger's SlimPulse system used on Villafortuna 1 for the record depth drilled, describing it as "decisive" in geosteering the well towards the target pay zone.

SlimPulse provides real-time gamma ray measurements, combined with continuous inclination and direction under extreme bottom-hole temperature conditions of up to 180�C circulating, and bottom hole high pressure�1.6 sp gr.

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