October 2003
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Drilling advances

Rotary steerable slimhole system. Schlumberger Oilfield Services has signed a contract with Shell UK Ltd. and BP Exploration Operating Co. Ltd. to develop a rotary steerable system for slimhole drilling and through-tubing rotary drilling (TTRD) applications. It says that, with the push to maximize production from mature reservoirs where drilling targets are becoming smaller and smaller, it had to find a way of reducing drilling costs and sidetracking from an existing but obsolete well – TTRD is a good way of doing that.

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