Oil and gas exploration consists of two main drilling methods: conventional, also known as vertical drilling, and horizontal directional drilling. Below is a brief explanation of both and the reasons many oilfield exploration companies are choosing horizontal drilling..
Conventional vertical drilling was previously the most common type of drilling in the oil industry.
Vertical drilling goes straight down into the ground and is only able to extract the oil within close proximity. Since it’s a vertical well, it’s not able to extract any oil from areas around it. If oil is found next to it, more drilling pads are needed in order to extract it.
Horizontal directional drilling started in the late 1920s, but it didn’t become a common way of extracting oil until the 1980s when new equipment and technology was available to oilfield service companies. The equipment and technology made horizontal directional drilling easier, more cost-effective, less invasive and more efficient than it had been in the past.
Drilling a horizontal well can seem more complicated, but it has become a working method many oil and gas companies are choosing today. RigData reported that almost 80 percent of drilling was horizontal in the first quarter of 2016.
As the name implies horizontal directional drilling occurs when the well is turned horizontally rather than vertically.
However, it’s first created as vertical well to reach the desired depth. Once the oilfield service companies drill vertically to determine the optimal layer with the most oil, they then begin to drill horizontally to extract more oil with less drilling pads.
There are several benefits to choosing horizontal drilling. Here are just a few.
Although the price of oil is down and rig counts are lower than they’ve been in previous years, there are still several oil and gas exploration companies drilling wells – most of which are horizontal.
Let them know your oilfield service company is an expert in the field. Once you’ve won some contracts, contact TCI Business Capital at (800) 707-4845 to see how we can be your partner in growing your oilfield service company by providing you with sufficient and steady cash flow with our oilfield factoring services.