Utilizing past multilateral installations and studies, this paper analyzes and discusses potential up front cost savings gained from a multilateral approach. Downhole savings as a result of minimized drilling requirements, reduced casing requirements, and other equipment and operations are discussed. Additional cost savings resulting from decreased surface and support requirements will are also covered in detail. Additionally, intangible cost savings in the form of reduced rig mobilization costs, lessened HSE costs and lessened rig time cost savings are included in the discussion.

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