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Case study: Planning enables remote-area drilling campaign

Operators share rig, services for exploratory, appraisal program offshore Falkland Islands By J.W. Jenner, A. Morrison, Rockhopper Exploration; R. Lyons, Desire Petroleum; L. Phillips, AGR Petroleum Services; I. McBean, Diamond Offshore Drilling (UK) Offshore the Falkland Islands, approximately 650 km southeast of the South American continent, two small UK operators with limited in-house operational resources conducted a successful drilling campaign. The project was made possible through teamwork and the continuity provided by using a drilling project management company and a single drilling contractor. This article will summarize the geological conditions encountered in the North Falklands Basin and discuss the drilling engineering and well planning. It will also discuss the importance of the logistics planning and supply chain management, which included the ...

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