RWE Dea drilling in Germany

The Wietze drilling department, part of drilling and production engineering at the Hamburg headquarters of German operator RWE Dea AG, owns and operates two rigs in addition to those leased from drilling contractors. The powerful (6,500 hp) T-160 rig has a 580-tonne maximum hook load capacity and runs on DC power generated by three Caterpillar 12-cylinder diesel engines. The low-noise rig features sound-insulated power equipment, pumps, and hoist.Wietze began operating the T-160 rig in 1997 and uses it to drill up to two gas wells/year in Lower Saxony, the center of Germany’s gas production. According to statements made at RWE Dea’s annual press conference on Mar. 2, 2005, Wie...

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