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OffShore Well Drilling Questions.

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  • OffShore Well Drilling Questions.

    I am working on a series of articles for a local newspaper. I have some questions about Offshore oil and gas well drilling. 1. How far off shore can a well be drilled and get the oil or gas back to the mainland? 2. What water depth presents a limit for such wells? 3. Does an ocean current of around five knots present a problem in the drilling process? 4. Are drilling platforms abandoned when hurricanes come along? 5. What is the typical crew work shift like? 6. Would one assume that the offshore drilling platform has to be within the range of approximately 100 miles to work with helicopter fuel capacity or can the helicopters be refueled on the platforms? I appreciate any help you can provide. Thanks.