Drilling longer laterals also brings forth challenges, especially when it comes to transmitting data—challenges that many can’t afford to let linger with market forces and the nature of oil industry at play.

“As you get deeper it becomes more difficult to obtain reliable data to guide drilling operations,” Alban Duriez, telemetry product manager for Halliburton, told HartEnergy.com. “So that’s just the nature of things. As you go deeper pressure waves are attenuated in the well.”

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