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A Shift Toward Pad Drilling Is Trending In The Permian

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By Amy Logan, Hart Energy
June 4, 2014

FORT WORTH, TEXAS – In the last decade, innovation has paved the way for faster rig-up times and increased production from horizontal assets in many U.S. shale plays. In the Permian Basin, however, horizontal drilling is still relatively new.

That is partly because the Permian has stacked pay potential, which means the shale formations in the basin are stacked on top of one another, making it possible for operators to drill several plays with just one vertical well.

“In late 2013 or early 2014, we [Schlumberger] crossed over from having ...

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