Drilling Optimization – A Review of Process Changes

Drilling activity in most operations in Russia is a “controlled” schedule of events. This makes the management of change process extremely difficult and challenging should the fundamental well design conditions fail or are no longer applicable. With little or no planned contingencies, recovery is usually difficult with unplanned events. For turnkey projects the general contractor is expected to to bear the cost for unforeseen events if these are not identified within the “project book”.

The use of technical institutes for drilling related field development planning is a thorough process culminating in what is normally referred to as the “Project Book”. However, the quality of the final product as with all roles requiring a level of expertise, is limited to the experience and competency of all contributors to the planning document.

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