Drilling and Completion

Doug White, PE and MBA
Sr. Advisor, Well System Drilling and Completion
43 years of practice as a drilling manager, general manager, vice president, and consultant, in major E&P companies.

Design and Planning
  • Basis of Well Design
  • Basis of Completion Design
  • Well Design including casing points, casing design, drilling fluid program, etc.
  • Detailed Well Program
  • Contingency Planning


  • Drilling Management
  • Drilling Supervision
  • Daily Reporting
  • End of Well Reporting
Budget and Costing
  • Well AFE’s
  • Detailed Schedule


Principle’s Drilling Expertise (regions)
  • Land, Barges, Jack-ups, Platforms, Semi’s, Drillships
  • HTHP, Sub-Salt, H2S, and Oil, Gas, and Condensate developments
  • US Land, US GOM, Canada Land, Canada East Cost
    • Including Eastern Canada Rushmore top quartile exploration well drilling in Winter Storms (seas, fog, currents, ice flows, etc.) and 3000 m Horizontal and trouble free open hole completion.
    • Best-in-Class drilling performance over 5 years in GOM (independent performance survey-published)

Well path of Eastern Canada well (>180 deg turn)

Horizontal portion of Canada well, 3000 m horizontal

Completion tools for 3000 m horizontal

  • UK North Sea
    • Brent Field Development (NW Hutton), Best-in-Class development driller (Rushmore), Central NS development and re-developments (including novel platform layout saving construction millions on fabrication)

  • Trinidad
    • Planned and executed deepest well in Trinidad history, setting pace for Amoco/BP’s future gas developments.
    • Cut drilling cost over 40% and cut completion costs over 35% with better quality completions and 2 independent studies showing excellent completion performance

  • West Africa
    • Greatest depth, deepwater DST from a dynamically positioned drilling rig.

  • China (South China Sea-Deepwater)
    1. Brought in a new team and cut drilling times by over 50%, average water depth >5000 ft.
    2. 26 well, 5 DST’s, 14 completions, 10 subsea trees, average 3 typhoons per year (requiring suspending operations and evacuation of non-essential personnel).
    3. 5 years and “ZERO” LTI’s!

  • East Malaysia (onshore-HTHP)
    1. From first call, and within one week timeframe in Malaysia, reviewed the geology and materials inventory and prepared a well plan for an HTHP well that proved acceptable to the Insurance Underwriters in the UK. (The previous team had worked the project for a year and the plan was not accepted.)
    2. Later returned to present the plan to the partners, then the Government Agencies and the plan was approved and the well was drilled.

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