While the technology to drill a horizontal
well has been with us a long time, asset teams now have the background
to consider the geology in planning to maximize the reservoir.
AAPG is offering a new publication this month that
helps teams make that next step.
Horizontal Wells: Focus on the Reservoir,
edited by Timothy R. Carr, Erik P. Mason and Charles T. Feazel,
provides an overview of the new technical approaches required for
best use of horizontal and extended-reach technology in different
The volume, AAPG
Methods in Exploration Series No. 14, includes selections from
more than 50 papers presented at the 1999 joint AAPG/SPWLA Hedberg
research symposium, "International Horizontal and Extended Reach
Well Symposium: Focus on the Reservoir."
The book's 16 chapters describe case histories of
actual horizontal and extended-reach wells and drilling programs
in a variety of geologic settings all over the world.
It also discusses the evolution of technical knowledge
required from geoscientists, engineers and managers to develop a
detailed and integrated approach to the design and execution of
a horizontal well.
Case histories include articles from:
- The Gulf of Mexico.
- The UK North Sea.
- The Michigan Basin.
"Horizontal Wells ... " highlights the changes in
our understanding of petroleum reservoirs -- and the type of knowledge
required to move beyond the limitations of vertical wells to a horizontal
The publication is $49 for AAPG members ($74 to nonmembers).
Order catalog number: 525-02.