HORIZONTAL DRILLING IMPROVES RECOVERY IN ABU DHABI
Ahmed Al Muhairy Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Co. Abu Dhabi, U.A.E . Essam Ahmed Farid Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. Both onshore and offshore Abu Dhabi, horizontal wells have increased productivity three to four times more than that from vertical and deviated wells in the same reservoirs. Horizontal drilling technology was first applied in Abu Dhabi in February 1988, and through March 1993, 48 wells have been horizontally drilled (19 wells onshore and 29 wells offshore).