News ID: 275170
Published: 0357 GMT October 05, 2020

NIDC signs deals for lending drilling rigs to Iranian contractors

NIDC signs deals for lending drilling rigs to Iranian contractors

The National Iranian Drilling Company (NIDC) signed deals to lend 16 drilling rigs to five domestic companies that are working on development projects of the country’s oilfields.

The NIDC, a subsidiary of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), is engaged in the exploration, development, and delineation drilling of oil and gas wells, Shana reported.

According to Reza Dehqan, the NIOC deputy director for development and engineering affairs, the deals were signed with Global Petrotech Kish Company, Petro Iran Development Company, Pasargad Energy Development Company, Qeshm Oil and Energy Industries, and Petrotenco Company.

The drilling rigs will be used in the development projects of Zilaei, Mansourabad, Siahmakan, Ahvaz 1, and 4, as well as Maroun 5 and 12 oilfields, Dehqan said.

The NIDC drilled and repaired 64 oil and gas wells in the first six months of the current Iranian year (March 20-September 21), announced the deputy head of NIDC for drilling operations on September 26.

“Of the completed wells, 21 were development wells, 42 exploration wells, and one was repaired,” Shana quoted Saeid Akbari as saying.

The official said that his company drilled a total of 36,547 meters of well during the first half of the current year.

The head of NIDC’s Technology and Engineering Department said in May that the company indigenized the technology for manufacturing 6,000 drilling equipment in collaboration with domestic manufacturers and engineers in the previous Iranian year.

According to Behnoud Mansournejad, before this achievement, the technology for manufacturing the mentioned equipment was in the possession of a handful of foreign companies.

Among the equipment, the parts related to the rotary blowout preventers (BOP) used in air drilling operations have been tested in operation and approved by the operational units for optimal performance.

Mansournejad said that the use of the domestically-made parts and equipment saved the country about $107 million in the previous year.

For the current year, a list of basic equipment needs of the country have been identified in collaboration with NIDC’s operational and support departments to be made by local companies and new technology-based firms for the first time, he added.


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