The first full-size well ever drilled from a slab of floating ice is described. This well is located eight miles from shore and operates in 400 feet of water in the Canadian Arctic. The chief limiting factors with this method of drilling are the ice movements and the length of the season from hard freeze in late fall until the ice becomes too thin in the late spring. The acceptable limit of ice movement, type of rig used, and the method that was used to strengthen the ice before the rig was set up are all described. The actual drilling operation and blowout prevention steps which were taken are also discussed.

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    Petroleum Publishing Company

    211 South Cheyenne, P.O. Box 1260
    Tulsa, OK  United States  75221
  • Authors:
    • McGhee, E
  • Publication Date: 1974-4-15

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 23-24
  • Serial:
    • Oil and Gas Journal
    • Volume: 72
    • Issue Number: 15
    • Publisher: PennWell Publishing Company
    • ISSN: 0030-1388

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00054984
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Maritime Research Center, Kings Point
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 15 1974 12:00AM