Directional Drilling


“Drill on Target’s collective experience had us drill more than 780 successful projects in 2016 throughout western Canada.”

directional drillingDirectional and horizontal drilling are popular and successful methods of resource extraction that are known for not only allowing drilling in areas that would normally be inaccessible, but also for being very good for reducing disturbance to surface areas by facilitating the grouping of wellheads for easier long-term maintenance.

Conventional drilling involves boring straight down until high-pressure reservoir is reached. However, due to factors such as geography, limited surface access and well pressure, conventional drilling is sometimes either not a possibility or not economically feasible.

Horizontal and directional drilling uses hydraulic downhole mud motors and survey technologies that allow engineers to measure while they are drilling, targeting exact locations. Horizontal drilling is when a lateral pipe is placed perpendicularly on a vertical wellbore. Directional drilling is a controlled bore – usually on an angle – to a pinpointed position. Directional drilling can often increase the length of an exposed section, and both allow for drilling in areas that would have been difficult to access otherwise. Both are well-liked in the industry for allowing for easier upkeep and increased performance.