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Roger Hough was a Distinguished Lecturer for the Society of Petroleum Engineers on the subject of Slim Hole Drilling. The talk was delivered to SPE sections in Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim, Stavanger, Lowestoft, London - England, The Hague, Hannover, Budapest, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Maria, Bakersfield, Daqing, Sheng Li, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, New Plymouth, Calgary, Edmonton, Drayton Valley, Houston, New Orleans, Anchorage, Denver, Great Bend, Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

A copy of his talk is available in HTML format. Please note that since this talk was given, slim hole has become mainstream, and incorporated in routine drilling technologies such as coiled tubing drilling.

Apart from slim hole technologies, he has managed research in well and production technology, and applied various developments in the field. Examples include "at balance" drilling of sour, ultra deep, deviated wells in fractured carbonates in Maracaibo, Venezuela, ultra slim hole drilling in the Peace River Oil Sands, Canada, HTHP wells in the Northern North Sea, foam drilling in the Sultanate of Oman, relief well drilling in Borneo.

In Venezuela, he was also responsible for the startup of a sour production facility offshore in Lake Maracaibo, reaching just under 50,000 b/d in the first year of operation.

He is currently a member of several Society of Petroleum Engineeers' committees. He is currently offering basic drilling technology to be delivered as an in-house course.