Sidetrack

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Horizontal Wells: Focus on the Reservoir
Series Methods in Exploration No. 14
Chapter Introduction
Author Timothy R. Carr, Erik P. Mason, Charles T. Feazel
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In the context of horizontal wells, an additional wellbore drilled away from an original vertical or horizontal wellbore is a sidetrack. A sidetracking operation may be done intentionally or may occur accidentally. A multilateral or multilevel well will have multiple intentional sidetracks drilled to provide multiple productive laterals.

Simple vertical profile of a horizontal well, illustrating basic terms.

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