Drilling Automation Proving Valuable for Oil and Gas Operators

Automation delivers immediate rewards on short- and medium-term drilling programs.

Historically, operators have considered automated directional solutions and ROCs only for large-scale, long-term drilling programs, but new technology is changing the playing field. (Source: Nabors)

Automation has been used effectively to capture economies on large drilling programs, but because of perceptions about the cost of implementation and the time required to achieve proficiency, sometimes it’s ruled out for smaller programs. The fact is, however, that with the right automation tools, drillers can capture the same valuable returns on smaller drilling programs by improving slide execution and wellbore placement, reducing drilling flat time and managing operations remotely—even in an operating environment characterized by newer, less-experienced crews.

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