[ANALYSIS] HPHT Well Success? "Go Slow To Go Fast."

High pressure high temperature (HPHT) drilling has been pushing the boundaries of conventional oil and gas extraction for the past three decades, as companies are going into evermore inhospitable regions in search of the Black Gold.

The current, low oil prices are forcing companies to operate increasingly austere high pressure high temperature drilling and completion projects. With reduced manpower and stringent budget allowances, extreme pressure is being placed on HPHT managers whose business has been exposed to greater vulnerability.

In the following interview, we speak to an oil industry veteran with more than 30 years experience in the drilling field about how he is martialing HPHT projects in the current environment and what he considers as best practice to get the job done safely, efficiently and with maximum profit potential.