Shell plans to introduce new drilling technology in Egypt

Revolutionary deepwater drilling technology will soon be brought to Egypt by Shell. The new technology, called surface blow out prevention (SBOP), has recently been employed as a safer, less costly and more efficient technique for drilling deepwater oil wells.

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By  Eudore Chand Published  December 11, 2003

Revolutionary deepwater drilling technology will soon be brought to Egypt by Shell. The new technology, called surface blow out prevention (SBOP), has recently been employed as a safer, less costly and more efficient technique for drilling deepwater oil wells. SBOP technology, which was recently used to drill a well at a depth of 3000 m in waters off the coast of Brazil, will soon be introduced in Egypt to drill in Shell’s Northeast Mediterranean Deepwater Concession in the Nile Delta. “For the first time in Egypt, a three-well sequence will soon begin utilising the SBOP technology. The wells will set water depth records for both Egypt and the Mediterranean with plans for drilling in water depths greater than 2450 m,” says Andrew Vaughan, chairman of Shell Egypt. He added that Egypt’s wells would be the second deepest (after that of Brazil) ever drilled using SBOP technology. Access to the large reserves available from deepwater fields, however, comes with a high price tag. Exploration and development costs for a typical 500 million barrel field can easily exceed US $1 billion.

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