Plugged-back footage

What is Plugged-back footage?

Plugged-back footage meaning Under certain conditions, drilling operations may be continued to a greater depth than that at which a potentially productive formation is found. If production is not established at the greater depth, the well may be completed in the shallower formation. Except in special situations, the length of the well bore from the deepest depth at which the well is completed to the maximum depth drilled is defined as “plugged-back footage.” Plugged-back footage is included in total footage drilled but is not reported separately.


reference: Glossary – U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

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