Increasingly fast pace of drilling horizontal wells is squeezing the limits of software, people
by Bevo Beaven, Editor, Oil & Gas 360

It was only a few years back, during the early-middle years of the downturn, that operators began bragging about shortening their well drilling times from 30 or 40 days to 16 days. But today the numbers are startling. Today’s advanced drilling rigs, drill bits and improved technology can allow drilling contractors in some plays to deliver a two-mile lateral in two or three days. After a few rig moves on the pad, contractors are going to be wrapping up 10 or 20 wells at that same breakneck pace.

But is the pace too fast? Does the incredibly fast pace of horizontal factory drilling allow the drilling...


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