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Are you aware of the environmental benefits of using a surface drilling rig?

Many operators use a full-size drilling rig for surface interval drilling. They sometimes feel it is easier or more convenient than getting a fit-for-purpose solution, because they are already engaged with the service provider and have all of the equipment at the wellsite. However, this decision ends up costing them — in expenses, personnel, and environmental exposure.

As we’re seeing in the oil and gas industry, one of key measures of performance is environmental sustainability. While in the past, profitability and revenue were how the success of an organization were measured, stakeholders are now also considering the environmental impact of an organization to evaluate its success.

Customers, employees, investors, and the media are paying attention to the choices an oil and gas organization makes when it comes to environmental impact — they want to know what actions a company is taking to reduce their environmental footprint.

At EnerCorp, one of our key business goals is to spearhead environmental stewardship. We want to enable our clients to achieve their environmental impact objectives, and we do this through our highly engineered solutions that help us find greater efficiencies to reduce emissions, waste, and releases.

One of the ways we support our clients who are looking to make a positive environmental impact is through our top hole drilling rig. Full-size rigs are designed to construct wells with total depths over 20,000 feet. They are BIG machines designed for BIG jobs — and as a result they have a big environmental footprint. When you use a surface drilling rig instead of a full-size rig for top hole drilling, you can make your operations far more efficient and reduce your environmental footprint.

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Surface drilling rigs use less fuel

With surface wellbore construction, you need a surface drilling rig. These rigs are highly engineered and designed specially for surface interval drilling and running surface casing.

Because of their small size, surface drilling rigs require less fuel to operate. 

They burn up to 50% less diesel, and as a result, generate less emissions. In comparison, a larger full-size rig requires more fuel and burns more fuel, releasing a higher amount of emissions into the environment.

By reserving the full-size rig for its intended use, operators can drill more wells with less full-size rigs. This reduces the transportation emissions for hauling additional full-size rigs on location, while also reducing overall operating costs.

EnerCorp works with clients all over the Permian Basin, in New Mexico, and West Texas to perform top hole drilling and run surface casing with our spudder rigs. Our dedicated personnel manage the rigs and coordinate the efforts so our clients have peace of mind.


Is the cost of using a full-size rig for surface interval drilling sending you into the red?

6 Benefits of Using a Spudder Rig for Pre-Set Surface DrillingThat’s because it’s the wrong equipment for the job. While using a full-size rig for surface interval drilling may be convenient, it’s not a fit-for-purpose solution.

Learn how you can lower your surface interval drilling costs and optimize your operations with EnerCorp’s spudder rig, designed specifically for drilling surface intervals and running surface casing.

Download 6 Benefits of Using a Spudder Rig for Pre-Set Surface Drilling today to learn more.


Surface drilling rigs require less personnel

A full-size rig typically requires a crew of sixteen people to operate successfully. In comparison, a surface drilling rig only needs nine.

When it comes to environmental impact, the number of people you have on the wellsite matters. 

A larger amount of personnel requires more truck transport which releases emissions along their routes. In addition, a larger number of personnel on site means more trash generated on each shift. By reducing the number of personnel on site, oil and gas operators can also reduce transportation emissions and trash generation.

In addition to the environmental benefits of having less people on site, there is a considerable safety benefit as well. Less people means less risk of injuries and incidents. In fact, EnerCorp is a leader in worker safety, with a goal of zero safety incidents, equipment damage, and environmental impact each day. We provide safety tools and training to all personnel — on and off site — so we can maintain a strong safety culture with our team.

Surface drilling rigs use a closed-loop mud circulation system

In most cases with a full-size rig, operators need to switch between mud systems. This means that personnel mix different types of mud on location, increasing the risks associated with handling different fluids.

As a result, there is a greater chance of mud spills on location, which can be detrimental to the environment.

With EnerCorp’s surface drilling rigs, however, operators do not need to switch between mud systems. In most cases, this eliminates the need to handle different types of mud on location, thereby decreasing any risk of spills and negative environmental impact. EnerCorp also has the option of using a closed loop mud circulation system with a solids handling package to further reduce environmental exposure.

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EnerCorp’s top hole rig can meet your surface drilling application

In addition to reducing the negative environmental impact by using the right equipment for the job, there are a number of economic benefits of using a top hole rig. A smaller, highly engineered rig results in lower day rates, often a fraction of the cost of a full-size rig. There is less crew on location, which means lower labor costs. Plus, reserving the full-size rig for its intended job means operators can drill more wells with less rigs.

Designed specifically for drilling surface intervals and running surface casing, EnerCorp’s surface drilling rigs technical highlights include:

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    Custom surface-drilling technology: EnerCorp offers a fleet of Atlas Copco RD20 XC drilling rigs.
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    Range of drilling capabilities: We can drill hole sizes up to 17-1/2” in diameter with downhole motors and MWD equipment.
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    Minimized safety concerns: We use hydraulic makeup and breakout tongs for handling pipe and collars to keep personnel safe.
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    Reduced environmental exposure: EnerCorp uses a closed-loop mud circulation system complete with solids handling package to reduce hazardous releases.
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    No need for third-party casing crew: We have casing running tools which enable us to drill the interval and then run casing ourselves.

Want to lower your expenses and improve environmental impact with surface interval drilling?

With a surface drilling rig optimized for pre-set surface interval drilling and casing, your organization can reduce your environmental footprint while improving profitability. EnerCorp is an experienced service provider that works with clients throughout the Permian Basin and West Texas, ensuring operators have the right equipment for their application.

Download this resource on the advantages of using a top hole rig for surface interval drilling for more information on how it can benefit your operation.

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