Deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GOM)
Having produced over four billion barrels of oil in the past eight years, the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico remains one of the world's most prolific producing areas. Masked by huge sheets of subsurface salt, the Gulf’s deepwater Miocene and Lower Tertiary trends place extreme requirements on all aspects of well operations.
Complex challenges exist, but they are balanced by tremendous opportunities and rewards. Innovative Halliburton technologies have played a key role in the success of many deepwater Gulf of Mexico wells.
We have worked safely and successfully on more than 50 high-profile GOM deepwater drilling projects and helped drill more than 100 wells. We have also completed more than 350 deepwater wells in the GOM.
The challenges presented by Miocene and Lower Tertiary trends, coupled with the Salt Canopy in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, are immense. Such deepwater environments require a service company with reliable equipment and a proven track record, along with a commitment to achieve efficiencies through the entire process.
To make deepwater development even safer, Halliburton is working with the API/IADC Joint Industry Task Force to improve standards. These standards will likely become worldwide standards for the design and construction of deepwater wells. Halliburton complies with these standards and government regulations.
Given this new environment, there are new products and services being developed that will make substantial advancements in deepwater technology to improve both efficiency and safety. Without safety, there can be no efficiency.