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Fox Creek; Canada's deepest land-based well

Ensign on the project.
The well has a measured depth of 7,770 metres.

Ensign Energy Services Inc. has drilled Canada's longest land-based well to-date, with a measured depth of 7,770 metres.

Completed in Fox Creek in January in partnership with Shell Canada, the well was drilled by an Ensign ADR 1500S super spec rig. Despite the well's record depth, the time from spud to rig-release was less than fourteen days.

The well marks the first well drilled by this rig after the deployment of Ensign's Edge Controls, a drilling performance technology system that optimizes rate of penetration, reduces downhole vibration and improves the smoothness of the curve.

Ensign said it has seen similar performance gains from the Edge Controls system in other regions.

The results achieved reflect the incremental value that Ensign's best-in-class technology, equipment and processes can bring to a customer's well program, the company said in a statement.

The Ensign Edge Controls technology system is proving to be an excellent addition to its service portfolio, providing a strong competitive advantage in today's marketplace by maximizing performance and decreasing down-time, the company added.

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