Matrix applies 3D technology to its review of leases to best delineate the occurrence and distribution of oil and gas. This is done to plan new drilling in optimal places either between current producing wells as an in-fill well candidate or to plan an exploration well to drill and prove up the presence of oil or gas on a new lease. Three-dimensional technology (“3D”) involves the use of all seismic, surface geology and subsurface well data loaded into software that can project information into a visual look of the subsurface that includes all rock layers and oil or gas distribution. The 3D look is much like a medical scan in that images are projected in a view on a computer screen that allows technicians to “visualize” what the subsurface geology looks like in order to plan where to drill or to view how current wells are pulling oil or gas out of the ground.
Matrix operates wells in urban areas at production sites that have consolidated equipment to an area of about one acre. This allows for all tanks, wells located underground, piping, pumps and storage equipment to be optimally placed to reduce impact to the surrounding area. The facilities apply sound-wall strategies that are employed to help minimize noise from motors. Well heads are located underground to help with reduction of visual impact and to reduce noise that emanates from motors. We employ the use of electric pumps to assist in noise reduction.
Current drilling technology allows many long-reach wells to be drilled from one spot to targets underground up to five miles away in any direction. This allows for an oil-field or gas-field to be drilled with less impact to the area as facilities and equipment are located in one spot and not multiple locations across an area that has sensitive environments. The use of long-reach wells or horizontal wells (wells that are initially drilled with a vertical shaft and then angled far underground to a more horizontal well bore geometry) allows for better drainage of a field in that one well will drain an area in which up to 4 vertical wells would have been needed.