The Seven Steps to Drilling a Well
The iconic sight of oil and gas derrick is unmistakable. However, the actual task of drilling a well involves much more than what meets the eye. This process is usually broken down into seven steps:
The site is leveled or excavated as needed.
Drilling, substructure, and auxiliary equipment is brought in and drilling begins.
Geological data of the drill site is recorded and a concrete casing is placed in the hole.
The casing wall and concrete behind it are pierced to provide openings for fluids to enter the wellbore.
A mixture of pressurized water, sand, and chemicals are forced through the perforations to split the rock and improve productivity.
A pump unit is placed at the surface location.
A master meter station is built in a central location to monitor production from several wells and transport the oil or gas through a pipeline.
To see this process in action, click on the presentation below.