As the need for oil and gas continues to rise, the demand for better drilling technology increases. Oilfield drillers have had to develop some innovative solutions to keep up with the competition and find new energy sources. Here are five crucial innovations in oilfield drilling that have helped make the process more efficient and effective.
1. Horizontal Drilling
Of all the oilfield drilling innovations, horizontal drilling is probably the most important. Although offshore platforms require vertical wells, offshore drillers have been laying the groundwork for offshore drilling technology‘s “horizontal” boom ever since the first offshore well was drilled in 1947.
Horizontal drilling allows offshore platforms to drill offshore wells that are more efficient and less disruptive. It enables platforms to take full advantage of their deep offshore wells by making them more productive and even avoiding certain environmental hazards.
Offshore fracking is another innovation in offshore drilling that has done a lot to make it safer and more efficient. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, has been used for the past 25 years. Fracking involves pumping a fracking solution into offshore wells to break up or stimulate natural oil flow. A single fracking operation can yield the same results as eight operations on land.
3. 4D Seismic Imaging
Offshore drillers like PRT Offshore have to map offshore wells before beginning offshore drilling accurately. Before 4D seismic imaging, offshore drillers relied on two-dimensional imaging techniques. Although offshore drillers could see the shape and size of offshore reservoirs with two-dimensional offshore imaging, offshore fracking wasn’t possible.
The advent of offshore four-dimensional seismic imaging has revolutionized offshore fracking. 4D offshore imaging can “see” underground offshore reservoirs three-dimensionally. Offshore fracking companies can get a better picture of wells before beginning the procedures.
4. Fluidized Bed Drilling
Like offshore fracking, fluidized bed offshore drilling is another method that offshore drillers have been using for decades to reduce the amount of drilling fluid offshore drillers need to use. The offshore oil industry consumes millions of gallons of offshore drilling fluid every year. Offshore drillers have reduced that offshore drilling fluid by using offshore oil well fluidizing. Fluidized offshore well drilling is a process in which offshore drillers use a tiny amount of offshore drilling fluid to stabilize offshore wells.
5. Intelligent Well Systems
Drillers have to pay attention to offshore drilling technology as offshore well intervention companies can’t afford downtime, so offshore drillers constantly improve oil wells. They have even resorted to using offshore high-tech systems. These intelligent offshore well systems check the wells’ status and offshore drilling system performance at all times. They help offshore wells and drilling systems communicate with offshore drillers at all times.
The advancements in offshore drilling technology may seem small, but they add up. They have ensured that offshore oil production remains high and offshore drillers remain competitive.