What Are Drilling Operations?

Raul Francois Russian Morrison

January 24, 2023


Drilling operations are the procedures involved in extracting oil or gas from the earth. These methods include the use of drilling rigs, drill pipes, and drilling fluids. The term “drilling” is disputed, as some claim that it refers to a structure, while others argue that it relates to using a derrick.

The function of a derrick

Derricks play an essential role in drilling operations. They support the pumping system and drilling machinery. Their function is crucial in ensuring safe and effective procedures. The derrick operator is responsible for overseeing the derrick and its crew. This includes monitoring shale shakers, mud pumps, and calcium levels.

A derrick is a load-bearing structure that can be built internally or externally. It is designed to handle several tons of weight. The oil and gas industry uses derricks for land and offshore rigs. They are usually pyramidal and constructed of bolted construction. As a result, they provide an excellent strength-to-weight ratio. During initial construction, bolts are finger-tight.

Transocean’s proposed definition

One year after the disastrous Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, Transocean and Stena may have to wait a little longer to determine whether the proposed definition of drilling operations works. The company will be able to review the district court findings for de novo scrutiny.

To prove its case, Transocean focuses on the statutory provision, which allows the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to investigate “accidents arising from transportation.”

While the Clean Air Act is an important part of the statute, it explicitly precludes the CSB from investigating marine oil spills. Nevertheless, most courts have found that mobile offshore drilling units fall under CSB jurisdiction as stationary sources.

The CSB issued five administrative subpoenas to Transocean for documents related to the incident. However, the drilling company claimed it lacked the authority to comply with the subpoenas. So, it filed a petition to enforce the subpoenas.

Stena’s claim term fails to denote the structure

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Examples of drilling operations

Drilling operations are the process of creating a hole through the surface of a rock formation. These holes can be drilled from different angles, shapes, and depths. The basic principles of drilling operations are the same for all types of drilling.

It lubricates the bottom-hole assembly and prevents the casing from collapsing under external pressure. The drilling process creates low residual stresses around the hole opening. It can also affect the mechanical properties of the workpiece.

The materials used in the drilling operation include carbon steel, stainless steel, and aluminium. Some standard functions in the drilling operation are drilling, reaming, and tapping. Using reaming can improve the surface finish and the hole diameter.