Oil Exploration & Production

Basic Stages

  • Drill to extract oil
  • Exploratory drilling is done by an oil company once geologists have identified a location that is likely to contain a profitable oil field.
  • Most oil deposits consist of small droplets adhering to the surfaces of holes in porous rocks, just like a sponge whose pores are full of oil.
  • Drilling for oil and natural gas takes place not just on land but also under many meters of ocean water, in the seadloor on continental shelves.