Doyon Rig Sets New North American Drilling Record
In March, ConocoPhillips announced a new North American drilling record of using Doyon Drilling, Inc. (DDI) Rig 19 at North Slope drill site CD-5. The record sets the bar for both Alaska and North America for the longest horizontal lateral length reached, 21,478 feet. Rig 19’s new horizontal lateral drilling record beats the previous 19,500-feet record, set by Eclipse Resources in Ohio in 2017, by a landslide. The total combined footage reached at the well was 42,993 feet.
“The team was pretty excited watching the footage increase. When it hit 30,000 feet, the crew was yelling with excitement throughout the rig,” stated Doyon toolpusher and shareholder, David Evans. “The team is willing to accept challenges, they’re willing to do what it takes to succeed, and we get a lot of support from Doyon Drilling leadership and ConocoPhillips in getting the resources we need to succeed.”
Four crews of 52 individuals, of which 62 percent are Doyon shareholders, operate the rig. Rig 19 is a highly mobile drilling rig capable of working efficiently in extreme arctic conditions. The rig design consists of fully integrated, lightweight modules that can drill on 10-foot wellhead spacing.
“Improved technology like extended reach drilling and multi-lateral wells allows ConocoPhillips to maximize production while minimizing our environmental footprint,” said Shon Robinson, manager of drilling and wells for ConocoPhillips Alaska. “Innovation and teamwork were a huge part of safely drilling this well.”
Rig 19 was mobilized during the winter of 1998 to the Alpine field by way of sea ice. It began its drilling program for ConocoPhillips at drill site CD-1 and continued through CD-5. During its 20-year history in Alpine, Rig 19 has successfully drilled almost 4 million feet to date. The most recent record was not the first for Rig 19. In 2016, Rig 19 set a new horizontal injection well record for the state at 26,196 feet at the same drill site.
“This could not have been accomplished without the great teamwork between all parties involved. This milestone was accomplished by upfront planning along with well-maintained equipment and the continuity of the drilling crews, including operational discipline,” stated DDI general manager, Ron Wilson. “With the fast-pace improvements in new drilling technology, who knows what the limits might be in the near future. Great job by the DDI crews in being part of such a great achievement.”
Currently, CD-5 is exceeding is original production estimate of 16,000 barrels of oil per day (BOPD) by more than twice the amount. Rig 19 has since moved to a new drill site, GMT-1, which is nine miles away and has an expected production of 30,000 BOPD.
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