HORIZONTAL DRILLING TAPS MORE OIL IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Leo Aalund Managing Editor-Technology Keith Rappold Drilling Editor Horizontal wells have eliminated gas and water coning problems and increased oil production to improve ultimate recovery in several large oil fields in the Middle East. In Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Egypt, horizontal wells have produced oil at rates 2-10 times that of offset vertical wells. As horizontal drilling becomes more common, the cost of horizontal wells will decrease to near that of vertical wells in the Middle East.

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