Industry has identified certain low-impact technologies suitable for operations, and has made improvements to reduce the footprint and impact on the environment. Additional improvements are needed for exploration. One operator, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, built a prototype elevated, modular and mobile platform for drilling wells in the arctic. The system was tested while drilling one of the first hydrate exploration wells in Alaska during 2003-2004. This technology was identified as a potentially enabling technology by an on-going Joint Industry Program (JIP) “Environmentally Friendly Drilling” (EFD) headed by Texas A&M University and HARC and co-funded by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). The EFD participants believe that the platform concept could have far reaching application in the Arctic – as a drilling and production platform as originally intended, and also as a possible staging area.
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Rich Haut, HARC, (281) 364-6093 email@example.com
Tom Williams, TerraPlatforms, (713) 201-3866, firstname.lastname@example.org