DEUTAG nnveils new 3000 HP Rig for Middle East
Posted: 02 May 2004
KCA DEUTAG, a subsidiary of Abbot Group plc, has just completed
the construction of a new Rig T-79 in Dubai for the Middle East
Already active in Iran and Oman, KCA DEUTAG is targeting other
Middle East countries including Kuwait, the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
“This powerful new rig together with the planned refurbishment
of rigs T-40 (1500HP) and T-80 (2000HP) will position KCA DEUTAG
to meet growing demand for land rigs in this area,” commented
Claus Chur, Group Director, Land Division.
The new rig represents an investment for KCA DEUTAG of over US$9.6m,
and the main contractor was Lamprell Energy Ltd, who were responsible
for the tank system, rig up, rig equipment, installation and commissioning.
The sister company to KCA DEUTAG, Bentec, provided the SCR and
the instrumentation. Other main contractors included National Oilwell,
Wesco, Sigma, Smith, TOES and Al Hajiry.
The entire rig up was carried out at Lamprell’s Jebel Ali
facility, which is a 160,000m2 state of the art fabrication and
construction yard capable of undertaking up to five complete rig
The works were managed by Lamprell’s Oilfield Engineering
Division which specializes in high tech oil field related construction
The work was executed between August 2003 and May 2004. In addition
to its 3000HP drawworks, T-79 has a GNC (Gross Nominal Capacity)
of 1.6m lbs, and has three 1600HP mud pumps. In line with KCA DEUTAG’s
environmental policies the rig has a range of high specification
features including engine sound proofing, low engine emissions and
It is recognized that the Middle East has both the infrastructure
and specialist skill basis to carry out these projects and the performance
and quality of Lamprell’s work on the rig is equal to the
best in the world. “We are very proud to have been associated
with this project and are looking forward to continuing our excellent
working relationship with KCA DEUTAG on more land rig refurbishments
in the future,” stated Lamprell’s CEO Mr. Peter Whitbread.
“KCA DEUTAG has an excellent track record in the Middle East,
which is an important market for the company,” commented Chur.
“We believe that there are many opportunities for future contracts
in the Region, and the powerful new T-79 rig provides us with additional
capacity to cover an even wider range of drilling activities. Currently
the land drilling division operates 38 rigs worldwide, with utilization
levels at over 82% levels and we have a program of investment in
place to further develop our rig capabilities for the future.”
For more information see www.lamprell.com
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