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Advanced Drilling Technology Boosts CA Production

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted April 19, 2010

ExxonMobil reports that it has completed the world's longest well from an existing offshore fixed platform drilling rig.

The new well, located in the Santa Ynez Unit near southern California, will increase the company's ability to produce more domestic oil supplies.

According to a news release, ExxonMobil's "Fast Drill" technology:

  • Extends more than six miles horizontally and more than 7,000 feet below sea level;
  • Can achieve improvements in drilling rates by up to 80 percent; and
  • Results in new production brought on quickly, safely and at lower cost.

Since 1981, the Santa Ynez Unit has produced more than 450 million barrels of oil and earned 12 Safety Awards for Excellence from the Minerals Management Service (MMS) for outstanding safety and environmental performance on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

ExxonMobil says:

"Through the use of this extended-reach drill technology, the well will be able to produce an additional 5.8 million barrels of oil equivalent, an amount equal to the annual energy consumption of over 144,000 Californians."

Read more information about the oil and natural gas industry's advanced drilling technology.


Jane Van Ryan was formerly senior communications manager and new media advisor at the American Petroleum Institute (API), where she wrote blog posts and produced podcasts and videos. Before coming to API, Jane managed communications for a large science and engineering corporation, and for a top-tier research and engineering university. A few years ago, you might have seen her in your living room when she delivered the news on television. Jane officially retired from API in 2011 and now freelances as an independent communications consultant when not gardening at her farm in Virginia.