Presented to the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers (8 Dec 2016).
At the end of the 19th Century oil well drilling was a slow process, based on a variety of mining based innovations, combined and adapted to access simple, close to surface reserves. The Spindletop discovery, Beaumont Texas 1901, utilised the rotary drilling process to access a reservoir at +/- 1,000ft, and the Texas Oil Boom soon made the USA the world's leading oil producer.
As the demand for oil and gas increased, the industry faced increasing challenges, the drilling process has required major advances to meet demand and keep the industry competitive. The development of directional drilling technology has had a major impact on the industry’s ability to access smaller, more complex reserves with increasing environmental constraint. Accessing unconventional reserves such as geothermal energy and carbon capture developments will require its use.
Martin Cox began in 1979 as an NCB Student Apprentice in the South Nottinghamshire Area. Graduating in Mining Engineering he joined the offshore oil industry. His 30 years in well engineering activities, overseas & the UK, includes commercialisation and development of directional drilling & related technologies in use today. Now with Aberdeen Drilling Management (ADM) engaged in investment, application of
expertise and technology, with a view to future energy requirements and environmental challenges. Martin is President elect for the Institute IOM3 2017/18.