Breitling Oil and Gas Morning Podcast #219 1-8-13

Aboard the Noble Bully 1, Gulf of Mexico—The Noble Bully 1, a new kind of drill ship developed by Royal Dutch Shell PLC to help extract oil in once inaccessible regions of the deepest oceans, doesn’t look anything like a conventional vessel of its kind. Equipped with a new generation of digital technologies, the ship—a 30,270 gross ton behemoth that is the length of two football fields—is able to guide a 21.5 inch wide drill bit thousands of feet below the surface to the center of a target that is only about four by four feet in size.

The new design helps Shell drill wells faster, more safely and at lower cost than ever before—part of a revolution in industrial technology that has been an important factor in the increased energy production—and independence—of the U.S. and North America.

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