Donald G. Hill, Ph.D., 

R.Gp., R.G., R.P.G.

Consulting Petrophysicist

"The World is my District"


California Registered Geophysicist No. 170

California Registered Geologist No. 6043

Kentucky Registered Professional Geologist No. 1624

Texas Licensed Professional Geophysicist No. 6289


Swamp Drilling Operations, West Africa  



Swamp drilling operations look much alike, regardless of where they are.  A canal is dredged to the drillsite and the drill and crew barges brought in to drill the well.  Once the well is completed, the dredged canal allows service equipment access to the wellsite.  Unfortunately the dredging spoils are often silty and the water different salinity from that of the surface waters resulting in, at least, temporary damage to the swamp vegetation. 

This particular oil field brought into play the adage about the map of Africa being drafted on the drawing tables of Europe.  The field was located within the province of a different tribe from that of the local village.  The local village chief was very upset about oil revenues not going to his tribal homeland province and acted accordingly.  His actions disrupted and delayed the development of this oil field until an accommodation could be reached. 

How May I Help You Plan and Execute Your Next Wireline and/or MWD Program?

Send Me an E-Mail

If your Internet browser is not configured to send e-mail, send your e-mail directly to my e-mail address:

Contact:  Donald G. Hill at:  Home Phone:  +(925) 947-1541, FAX:   +(309) 437-5748, Cell/Business Phone:  +(925) 437-5748 


[Home] [Experience] [Training Programs] [Wireline QA/QC] [Petrophysical   Operations] [Virtual Petrophysicist] [Petroleum Examples] [Geothermal Examples] [Minerals Examples] [Environmental Examples] [Operations Images] [Requests] [Links]