Meet Senior Decision Makers From:

  • Canadian E&P Majors
  • Cardium E&P Operators
  • Viking E&P Operators
  • Bakken E&P Operators
  • Horn River E&P Operators
  • Montney E&P Operators
  • Douvernay E&P Operators
  • Operators In Canada's Small And Emerging Shale And Tight Oil Plays

With The Following Job Titles:

COOs, VP's, Directors, Managers, Team Leads & Chiefs Of...
  • Drilling
  • Operations
  • Engineering
  • Completions
  • Exploration
  • Production
  • Exploitation
  • Technology
  • Unconventional Resources
  • Geology, Geosciences and Geophysics
  • Unconventional Resources


  • Directional & Horizontal Drilling Companies
  • Drilling Fluids & Additives Suppliers
  • Directional & Downhole Tools Suppliers
  • MWD/LWD Suppliers
  • Drill Bit Suppliers
  • Bottom Hole Assembly Suppliers
  • Completions Assembly Suppliers
  • Cement Suppliers
  • Cuttings Disposal Companies
  • Fluids Disposal Companies
  • Rig Suppliers
  • Fishing Tool Suppliers
  • Investment Firms

Horizontal Drilling Canada Congress 2013

Recent figures show that 55% of wells drilled in Canada in 2012 were horizontal, with the horizontal length averaging 5,960 ft; up 50% from 2007. Growing figures like this have been projected for the next decade in Canada showing that unconventional horizontal drilling is rapidly becoming the conventional method of accessing reservoirs. As the Canadian oil and gas industry contends with low commodity pricing and operators struggle with staggering completions costs, the pressure to drill faster and less expensive wells has never been higher.

Additionally, as operators design wells with increasing lateral lengths, drillers are faced with diverse technical challenges including hole stability, running casing to the bottom and steering in zone. Dynamic solutions are required to ensure target lengths are met and maximum hydrocarbon recovery is achieved. Technological innovations in directional drilling tools and more acutely-focused training programs in extended lateral drilling are now actively being pioneered to meet these challenges head-on. However, operators must examine the value of integrating new technologies in their drilling programs and ensure they are getting the highest productivity out of their existing tools and methods.

Cost reduction and improved ROP is increasingly dependent on critical choices made in the design of the well, tool selection and methods of deployment. Innovations in hole cleaning, torque and drag reduction, fluid and mud systems and down-hole tool selection are being increasingly examined and applied by drillers to achieve higher ROP and minimize expenditure; but there is still much to learn about the execution of new trends.

Horizontal Drilling Canada 2013 is taking place in Calgary on September 18th and 19th and is the only congress focused entirely on drilling for drilling professionals in Western Canada. The E&P-led congress will deliver a cutting edge technical agenda providing measurable, cost-reducing solutions delivered by drilling professionals actively working in plays such as the Cardium, Horn River, Montney, Viking and Duvernay. Technical experts and executives from E&P companies will examine current drilling applications being utilized such as managed pressure drilling, geo-steering techniques, and various BHA configurations to speed up drilling programs and avoid costly mistakes. Case studies from leading operators will provide cost-benefit analysis at each stage of the drilling process of wells drilled in some of Canada's most lucrative shale and tight oil plays.

Day one will focus on wellbore design and the execution of low cost, high-speed long laterals. It will start by examining the potential for extended reach drilling by looking at wellbore placement and design and provide solutions-based case studies on how to improve steerability, speed and cost on the build section and rotary steerable selection as well as strategies for hole cleaning, torque and drag reduction and innovations in fluid and mud systems.

Day two will focus on casing, high pressure drilling and hole stability. Speakers on day two will deliver tried and tested best practices for running casing to the bottom, execute managed pressure drilling, mitigate lost circulation and enhance hole stability. Experts will also examine tool durability, and new rig requirements to optimize productivity at every stage of the drilling process.

Drilling professionals at this event will learn how to reduce costs and time in the drilling process and should be attended by any drilling VP, director, manager or engineer seeking to do this within their company.

PennWest Exploration

"Excellent networking opportunities."


There Is Still Significant Room For Cost Reduction In Horizontal Drilling In Western Canada's Shale Plays...

...whether operating in the Bakken, Cardium, Viking, Montney, Duvernay or other emerging shale plays, improvements can and are being made at every stage of horizontal drilling from building the curve to inserting casing to extending the lateral and hole cleaning.

Horizontal Drilling Canada 2013 is taking place in Calgary on September 18 and 19 and is the only congress focused entirely on drilling for drilling professionals in Western Canada. The congress will host discussions direct from drilling executives, directors, managers and engineers explaining case studies on how they have achieved maximum drill efficiency in the most prolific WCSB plays.

Case Studies Will Focus On:

EXTENDED REACH DRILLING: How operators are drilling low cost, high speed, extended reach lateral wells in Western Canadian shale plays

WELLBORE PLACEMENT: How operators are using geomechanical and seismic data to decide on wellbore orientation and facilitate maximum recovery completions

WELLBORE DESIGN: Strategies for designing and constructing the wellbore to facilitate completions, attain target lateral length and increase the speed of drilling

HOLE CLEANING & TORQUE & DRAG: Examining fluid systems and mechanical techniques for cleaning the wellbore to reduce torque and drag and obtain a smoother, more rapidly drilled wellbore

CASING, PRESSURE MAINTENANCE & HOLE STABILITY: Effectively running casing to full depth, managing pressured zones and mitigating lost circulation

TOOL SELECTION: Selecting optimal performance, low cost, high durability tools to minimize tool failure  in Western Canadian drilling operations.

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