Product Category: Directional drilling equipment

Design-Build Proves Effective On Florida HDD Project

November 2010 Vol. 237 No. 11

In April, the Mears Group, Inc. completed a design-build project in Jacksonville, FL to allow a regional energy producer to expand its natural gas pipeline to serve new facilities.

To complete the project, Mears drilled a 7,400-foot pilot hole at a depth of 130 feet beneath the St. John’s River bottom to install a 16-inch steel pipe.

2010 Large Directional Drilling Rig Census

October 2010 Vol. 237 No. 10

When horizontal directional drilling (HDD) professionals discuss the size of an HDD rig, they usually refer to the maximum pullback force the unit can develop. The most common industry standard for a large directional drilling unit is defined as having a minimum of 100,000 pounds of pullback force. In addition to pullback, the most common specifications used to categorize HDD equipment are rotary torque of drill stem, rotation speed and the size of drill pipe.

HDD Helps Producer Tap Gas Reserves Under DFW Airport

May 2009 Vol. 236 No. 5

The Barnett Shale is among the nation’s fastest growing natural gas fields. The formation encompasses more than 5,000 square miles and stretches from Dallas to Fort Worth, TX. With estimated natural gas resources in excess of 30 Tcf, the potential contribution of this formation as an energy source is immense.