Across the industry ways are being sought to find and extract oil and gas more cost effectively, while improving safety and environmental performance.

Drilling operations are not immune to this scrutiny, yet for the past fifty years there has been little fundamental questioning of how the drilling process is organised. Today the ever-increasing need for more cost-effective operations is bringing such questions to the fore.

The Simpler project, after a review of a wide range of issues related to the well construction process aims at developing an innovative approach to drilling operations resulting in significant costs savings.

The basis of this novel approach is to "Re-Engineer" and integrate well construction activities.

To demonstate it and maximise results, a fit for purpose rig design is presented which also targets enhancements in safety and environmental results.

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