How Big Can Oil Flows Get?
Here's a prediction on the near horizon: the 100,000-barrel-per-day
It comes from Vik Rao, Halliburton vice president
of technology ventures.
The key development that will allow this volume of
production is the monodiameter well, with a single-diameter casing
essentially from top to bottom, he said.
"This allows us to drill to depths limited only by
other technologies," Rao said.
Made possible by expandable casing, the first well
probably will be a deep project in the Gulf of Mexico, and is likely
to be completed before 2005, Rao said.
The current high producer at 56,000 bpd ("no slouch")
probably relies on a borehole telescoping down to allow five and
"We could put seven-inch or higher down there ...
goodness knows what that guy will do," he said.
Multilateral boreholes will help avoid drawdown problems,
And if, as some hypothesize, the Gulf gas reservoirs
are fed through faults from deeper sources, "we can go for the mother
lode, as it were," he added.
"Horizons of interest that were too deep before will
now be interpreted ... because we know now we can get to them,"
"And when we get there, we will have a much bigger
-- KEN MILAM