The definition of "deepwater" has changed dramatically over the
last 20 years. In the late '80s, 1000-foot steel platforms were
state-of-the-art. Today, drill ships float in 10,000 feet of water
and drive drill bits below 34,000 feet. Throughout, however, the
deepwater has always demanded cutting edge technology to mitigate
At Weatherford Laboratories, we introduced revolutionary wellsite equipment, which gave us a unique view to deepwater exploration and appraisal programs in the Gulf of Mexico. We stabilized record core runs in 1999 and again in 2007; we stabilized the record depth core in 2006; and we have stabilized, sampled, preserved and transported over 18,000 feet of core since 2000.
In the laboratory, Weatherford Laboratories has been equally innovative. We developed comprehensive analytical techniques that guide sand control strategies, enhance log interpretation, and make direct petrophysical measurements which drive the reservoir model. As a result, you can more accurately appraise reservoir quality, define field size and reserves, and manage the risk inherent in deepwater exploration.