Advances in Drilling and Production Methods
- Robert R. Boyd (Chanslor-Canfield Midway Oil Co.)
- Document ID
- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- Transactions of the AIME
- Publication Date
- December 1926
- Document Type
- Journal Paper
- 19 - 39
- 1926. Original copyright American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers, Inc. Copyright has expired.
- 1.11 Drilling Fluids and Materials, 4.1.5 Processing Equipment, 2.4.3 Sand/Solids Control, 5.2.1 Phase Behavior and PVT Measurements, 1.6 Drilling Operations, 4.1.2 Separation and Treating, 5.8.5 Oil Sand, Oil Shale, Bitumen, 1.10 Drilling Equipment, 2.2.2 Perforating, 3.1.1 Beam and related pumping techniques, 4.3.4 Scale, 4.6 Natural Gas, 3.1.6 Gas Lift
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The year 1926 has seen few radical changes or developments in methods ofdrilling and handling oil wells, but it has been a year of steady progress anddevelopment in deep drilling and production methods.
Probably the outstanding development of the year was recognition by thedirectors of the American Petroleum Institute of the importance of natural gasin the production of oil, and the Institute directors' resolutions in December,1926, regarding regulation of gas production with oil by state legislation.This matter is extremely important and will receive the attention of theindustry in 1927.
Advances in Drilling Equipment
The history of the progress of deep well drilling is the solution ofproblems as they have confronted the operator. As the prospects for deeperproduction have become apparent, methods of penetrating the earth to greaterdepths have been devised.
Improvements in the construction and in the methods of operation of rotarydrilling equipment have practically caused elimination of cable tools inCalifornia for all but shallow work. The rotary drill, from 1910 when it beganto be a practical factor in California, has been making steady advances, firstdisplacing cable tools for drilling to the oil sands in proved fields and laterdisplacing the cable-tool outfit entirely. With the perfection of machinery fortaking core samples of the formation penetrated, the rotary drill has becomegenerally used for wild-cat work, continuous coring being practiced whendesirable.
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