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At the exploration stage seismic equipment is all electronic and needs re-design and maintenance. At the drilling stage the drilling tools use telemetry systems to transmit formation information to the control units. Ditto the Re-design and maintenance. At the production stage the wells are operated and monitored in a control room similar to what one one see in an electric power plant which is another area of energy. The rigs that do the actual drilling of the wells are now computerized and again there is a demand for new design, upgrades and developing maintenance and operation procedures. Oil and gas production companies, companies that provide services and those that build the rigs and other equipment all use electrical/electronic controls now as well as hydraulic and pneumatic systems. Most control units are built with redundancy and may use both types and in this case each must mimic the the other which is harder to do electronically than mechanically.
My issues of the Journal of Petroueum Engineering is full of papers by people with EE behind their name.


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Carl Alexander


READ THIS! Do NOT ask me questions about LEASING, MINERAL RIGHTS, ROYALTIES, POOLING, etc. I am not qualified to give accurate answers on these subjects. If you DO ask, I will NOT answer! I CAN help you understand the technology and equipment involved in drilling oil and gas wells on land or offshore and the production process after the well is drilled. I prepare the programs for the rigs that get oil and gas out of the ground and direct activities on the drill rig so questions concerning the engineering process and preparing drill sites and roads or marine transport are welcome, those concerning the legal process less so. I work with wells on land or offshore, U.S.A. or other countries. I can also answer environmental, regulatory and safety practices questions.


35 years working in the 'Patch' all over the world. I have drilled for oil & gas on land and water in the U.S.A, Brazil, Guatemala, Nigeria, South Africa, Angola, Tunisia, England, British North Sea, Iran, Oman, Pakistan, Vietnam, Philippines. I have drilled in water depths up to 2000 meters and on land in desert and artic conditions. Some were in countries where environmental and safety concerns were non-existent and others when they were primary. I have certification for well control/blowout prevention, have attended water/helicopter/boat survival school and am certified for spill cleanup. I am currently working as a consultant for drilling projects and spend half my working time at the drill site and half in my office and most of my "off time" traveling between the two.

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