Geoprober Drilling is developing a deepwater exploration drilling system deployed from a mono-hull vessel. Geoprober is designing, building & testing proprietary surface & subsea drilling technology. By combining this with casing drilling and coiled tubing drilling technology we are developing a complete slim “finder” well system including the surface handling equipment.
This will speed up operations, improve data acquisition options and reduce the environmental impact of exploration.
Geoprober Deepwater System was funded jointly by Chevron & Statoil.
The project is now exclusively funded by Statoil, who will deploy the first part of the system in 2011 in Norway using their subsea intervention BOP stack.
Tony Bamford -
DOB 4-10-1950 St Austell, Cornwall
Graduated in Geology from Kingston University 1972
Joined Schlumberger worked in cementing, stimulation, well testing, directional drilling – N Africa, M East and Far East
Gulf Oil – Drilling & Production Engineering, Jakarta and Houston
OPITB Aberdeen – Manager: Drilling & Production Training Centre, Drilling Well Control
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Geoprober drilling – light weight deepwater drilling
Geoprober Drilling of the UK is developing a method to drill in deepwater at 50 per cent less cost than conventional drilling, using lighter drilling equipment, but which will actually improve safety and reduce environmental impact. Technical director Tony Bamford explained how it works at the May 26 Finding Petroleum deepwater forum
17 Jun 2010