The Evolution of Oil Drilling
The technology in the oil sector has exploded during the past 40 years. In this period, the number of drilling units increased from one to around 745.
Exploratory wells have also been drilled to 7,000 feet, whereas shallow core holes have already been dug in the world’s deep oceans. The oil drilling sector is poised to conquer the remaining deepwater ice-covered places and frontiers-ultradeep water at this juncture.
While conquering these frontiers, an emphasis is still being placed to increase operating efficiency and reduce costs across the board.
A Brief History
Throughout human history, even before the modern history of the gas and oil sector started, energy used to be the key enabler of every living standard. To survive in the agricultural age, people used to burn wood for cooking and warmth.
Apart from using building materials, wood remained an important fuel for centuries. However, the inception of the modern steam engine heralded the change from the agricultural age to the industrial economy.
You could only power these steam engines either by coal or wood, but coal became the most preferred fuel to massive industrialization development.
With the dawn of the 20th century, new technologies and environmental concerns resulted in another source shift from coal to oil.
Oil is extracted using various methods based on location and geology. The most common methods of extracting oil include unconventional and conventional. You cannot recover unconventional oil using pumping methods and conventional drilling. You will have to use advanced extraction methods, like in-situ development and oil sands mining.
As for conventional oil, you will have to extract it from an underground reservoir using pumping methods and traditional drilling.After recovering oil, you will need to send it to refineries so as to come up with different products you usually use daily, like gasoline.
Offshore gas and oil production is challenging compared to land-based installation because of a harsher and remote environment. Most of the innovations in the offshore sector encompass overcoming those challenges, such as the need to provide big production facilities.
Drilling and production facilities can be a big investment, like the Troll A platform standing at 310 meters. Although floating systems can be cheaper than fixed platforms, the changing nature of platforms can introduce different challenges for production and drilling facilities.
Data and Technology Drives Change
In recent years, new data analytics and technological developments have impacted the gas and oil sector. According to professionals at Kor Pak, seismic imaging, nanotechnology, and supercomputers have enabled oil firms to improve their ways of finding new wells.
Equipment sensors and drones have also improved the maintenance and monitoring ability of engineers. Being able to carry out maintenance on important components saves the gas and oil industry billions of money.
The Bottom Line!
People have been using oil for lighting, waterproofing, and construction purposes, spanning back to ancient civilizations. As oil-exporting nations become more interested in benefitting a lot in the oil industry and protective of their resources, major firms have to negotiate deals so as to continue extracting oil.
Today, gas and oil is a multi-million dollar and international sector. Many experts project that the oil industry will still thrive regardless of world events and constant competition from other renewable energy sources.