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A new drilling technology ensures as smooth a wellpath as possible, while at the same time increasing rate of penetration (ROP). It enables greater control of directional drilling using constant rotation to intersect more targets in a longer hole section, and it minimizes the risk of stuck pipe. The new technique – slimhole rotary steerable system – was first used in completing three onshore wells this past spring and summer: Safah Wells 198, 204 and 203. This article describes Occidental Oman’s experience using the new system in drilling these wells.
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