Fit-for-purpose, pad drilling rig design ///

For several years, US contractors have been working in partnership with oil and gas operators and rig designers to develop fit-for-purpose modern technology land rigs in an effort to streamline the entire drilling process. Grey Wolf, Inc. has introduced a new fit-for-purpose drilling system, PaDSRig (Production and Drilling System), which is specifically designed for drilling multiple wellbores from a single pad location. Pad drilling has emerged as a way to minimize environmental impact because it allows multiple-well access to larger areas and targets beneath sensitive surface environments. Now companies can tap underground producing reservoirs with a much smaller “footprint” on the surface. Combined with horizontal and directional drilling techniques, multiple-well pad drilling has been used to reduce initial habitat disturbance by as much as two-thirds or more. Grey Wolf’s PaDSRig No. 109 debuted on April 25 of this year. The rig was engineered and manufactured in Houston by IDM Group.

Log in to view this article.

Not yet a subscriber?  Get started now for immediate access to this content and more.



Already a subscriber but don’t have an online account? Contact our customer service.