Horizontal Drilling Canada 2013
Organization: Canadian Business Conferences
|Event Date/Time: Sep 18, 2013||End Date/Time: Sep 19, 2013|
Recent figures show that 55% of wells drilled in Canada in 2012 were horizontal, with the horizontal length averaging 5,960 ft; up 50% from 2007. Growing figures like this have been projected for the next decade in Canada showing that unconventional horizontal drilling is rapidly becoming the conventional method of accessing reservoirs. As the Canadian oil and gas industry contends with low commodity pricing and operators struggle with staggering completions costs, the pressure to drill faster and less expensive wells has never been higher.
Additionally, as operators design wells with increasing lateral lengths, drillers are faced with diverse technical challenges including hole stability, running casing to the bottom and steering in zone. Dynamic solutions are required to ensure target lengths are met and maximum hydrocarbon recovery is achieved. Technological innovations in directional drilling tools and more acutely-focused training programs in extended lateral drilling are now actively being pioneered to meet these challenges head-on. However, operators must examine the value of integrating new technologies in their drilling programs and ensure they are getting the highest productivity out of their existing tools and methods.
Cost reduction and improved ROP is increasingly dependent on critical choices made in the design of the well, tool selection and methods of deployment. Innovations in hole cleaning, torque and drag reduction, fluid and mud systems and down-hole tool selection are being increasingly examined and applied by drillers to achieve higher ROP and minimize expenditure; but there is still much to learn about the execution of new trends.
Horizontal Drilling Canada 2013 is taking place in Calgary on September 18th and 19th and is the only congress focused entirely on drilling for drilling professionals in Western Canada. The E&P-led congress will deliver a cutting edge technical agenda providing measurable, cost-reducing solutions delivered by drilling professionals actively working in plays such as the Cardium, Horn River, Montney, Viking and Duvernay. Technical experts and executives from E&P companies will examine current drilling applications being utilized such as managed pressure drilling, geo-steering techniques, and various BHA configurations to speed up drilling programs and avoid costly mistakes. Case studies from leading operators will provide cost-benefit analysis at each stage of the drilling process of wells drilled in some of Canada's most lucrative shale and tight oil plays.