Oil Men Sink Curved Wells to Undersea Oil Deposits (Mar, 1931)

I drink your milkshake!

Oil Men Sink Curved Wells to Undersea Oil Deposits

INSTEAD of erecting wharves out over the water to drill for oil beneath the ocean floor, operators are now setting up their derricks on the shore and drilling out to the submarine deposits. When the vertical hole reaches the depth at which the drillers wish to alter the course seaward, they fill the hole to the branching off point and set a whipstock in place to divert the drill outward at an angle, as shown in the drawing above. This whipstock is a steel cylinder with a smooth angular upper face off which the bit slides on its new course, which it maintains with considerable consistency.

4 comments
  1. Stephen says: July 2, 20116:07 am

    This is a crucial technique in drilling oil wells – though to get at oil under the sea, oil companies are now prepared to drill out in the ocean. I saw an oil rig putting to see just a couple of weeks ago.

  2. Randle Patrick McMurphy says: July 3, 201111:33 am

    What, no one has said it yet? OK:
    “There it is, that’s a straw, you see? You watching?. And my straw reaches acroooooooss the room, and starts to drink your milkshake… I… drink… your… milkshake!”

  3. Charlie says: July 5, 20116:13 pm

    RPM: Read the text above the image.

  4. Sean says: July 13, 201112:07 pm

    The tech for this is amazing. On the natural gas wells around where I live, they curve the bore 90 degrees to horizontal and can then weave it back and forth to accommodate oddly shaped properties.

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