Farther and Deeper

Pittman, Ted; Keating, Dave
January 2011
Journal of Ocean Technology;Jan2011, Vol. 6 Issue 1, p1
Academic Journal
The authors focus on events and technologies that impacted offshore oil drilling operations. They describe the first offshore well drilling in 1947 off south-eastern Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico as an important event in the history of the petroleum industry. A discussion on the rotary drilling rig used to drill for oil and gas is provided. Other significant advancements in offshore well drilling are drillships and semi-submersibles, floating platforms and blowout preventers.


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