Advancements in drilling technology are leading to gains in efficiency and smaller surface footprints for oil and gas producers.
Modern oil and gas producers utilize advanced technologies like pad drilling, which targets a vast area of resources underground while minimizing impacts on the surface. This technique had the benefit of aggregating the wellheads, which is critical for reducing costs above-ground and moving the resources to market.
A drilling “pad” is defined as a location that houses the wellheads for a number of shale wells. A drilling pad provides operators with the advantage of drilling multiple wells in a shorter time than with just one well per site. Pad drilling also allows modern operators to drill groups of wells more efficiently, because improved rig mobility reduces the time to move from one well location to the next.