Spanning Canada and the United States, North America is home to a plethora of major industry players, including Exxon Mobil Corp, the world's second-largest publicly traded company after Royal Dutch Shell. The region's oil and natural gas industry is focused on developing oil sands, deepwater gulf prospects and increasingly profitable shale deposits stretching across the continent. One of the premier sweet spots for deepwater exploration, the Gulf of Mexico is the largest body of water indenting the U.S. continental coastline, and its subsea developments continue to spark both national and international interest.
Cementing a well is the procedure of developing and pumping cement into the wellbore. It is part of the process of preparing a well for further drilling, production or abandonment. Cementing can be used to permanently shut off water penetration into the well, to seal the annulus after a casing string is run, to seal a lost circulation zone, or to plug an existing well.