View scenes of EnCana’s multiple-well pad sites in the Piceance Basin
An Encana drill in the Pineance Basin operating a five acre pad but could drill up to sixty directional wells on one pad.
A pad with over 50 directionally drilled wells is almost complete and will extract the gas in the this canyon from one pad.
This drill rig can move to the next cluster of wells without disassembling it due to the huge hydraulic pads on each corner.
EnCana North Piceance Drill Manager Frank Merendino explains the process.
A roughneck works from above during drilling.
the Specially modified drill rig has steel plates mounted on the sides of the rig to protect workers during simultaneous operations. Driling and fracking can can now be done at the same time.
Each drill section is threaded together. This drill uses 45 foot sections of pipe, instead of the standard 30 foot, to improve efficiency.
The last section of the the drill holds the motor which has a slight angle that allows the drill to change directions.
North Piceance Drilling Manager Frank Merendino looks at some pipe.
A graph of a typical drill pad and the direction of each hole.
Frank Merendino shows the area in the well that yields gas.
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Drill baby drill!! Thank you Encana for feeding my family :) You have been for years :)