Successful deepwater drilling is defined as reaching the total well depth in the desired hole size safely (i.e., not exceeding the fracture pressure) while controlling hydrocarbon or water influx and ensuring that casings are placed across desired intervals. The oil and gas industry has succeeded in this mission thousands of time around the world but drilling challenges abound, especially in deepwater. These challenges include:

The industry has successfully mitigated many of these hazards but more needs to be done when planning a well to ensure that all appropriate and available technologies are used properly and effectively. A case in point...

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