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Published December 01, 2022
Wyoming oil and gas operators may have a new tool to improve the performance of both injection and production wells, thanks to a project sponsored by the University of Wyoming’s Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute (EORI).
Working with a private operator in the Thompson Creek Field in Crook County, EORI showed that an ultrashort radius drilling technology developed by Viper Drill could be a sound investment for Wyoming operators.
The technology involves drilling small, lateral boreholes out from existing cased wells to deal with permeability problems resulting from near-wellbore formation damage.
At the Thompson Creek Field, the ultrashort radius drilling technology was tested on one injection well and one production well, as four 30-foot-long laterals were drilled from each borehole. The result was a marked improvement in performance by each well.
“This method should be considered in other wells throughout the state that are experiencing similar problems,” EORI says.
The institute’s report on the testing is available here.
The mission of EORI is to facilitate a meaningful and measurable increase in recoverable reserves and production of oil and natural gas in Wyoming that may otherwise not be realized. Key to this is the effective and efficient transfer of relevant technology, information and knowledge to Wyoming producers. EORI believes that its mission is being met when producers consider EORI as a vital source of relevant technology, information, expertise and knowledge for Wyoming fields.