Steps taken a few years ago by Chevron Corp. to investigate inconsistencies in the company’s Permian Basin operations led to standardized operating procedures and a digital leap that ultimately moved its directional drillers from rig sites to a remote center.

Flash forward to today and the company is running 100% of its drilling operations in the Permian Basin from its remote operations center in Houston and seeing benefits, according to Kelsey Prestidge, performance drilling engineer for Chevron. These have included improvements in rate of penetration, cycle times and lessons learned being shared across different parts of the basin.

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