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Production and decommissioning of a well

Production is the longest phase in the well’s life and may last for years or even decades. Over time, production declines and, eventually, will...

The life of a well: Part 3 – Types of wells

Types of wells: A well drilled to discover a new oil or gas reservoir is called a wildcat or exploratory well. The well that...

The life of a well: Part 2 – Drilling

Deciding where to drill: No surveying technique can actually see oil and gas underground, but seismic and other technologies can help earth scientists identify...

The life of a well: Part 1

Millions of wells have been drilled since US explorers launched the modern oil industry a century and a half ago. In those 150 years,...