DRILLING MARKET FOCUS: Bentec expands options with new AC drawworks

A German engineering and fabrication firm has designed new AC drawworks suitable for Arctic drilling conditions.Bentec GMBH Drilling & Oilfield Systems, based in Bad Bentheim, finished the prototype in June and will send the first four sets of drawworks to western Siberia in second-half 2006 and early 2007, incorporated into cluster slider rigs for TMK-BP Ltd.Bentec has 270 employees and produces about 10 drilling rigs and other equipment each year. Originally part of a company founded in 1888, which was renamed Deutsche Tiefbohr AG -Deutag-in 1919, and taken over by the Preussag Group in 1990, Bentec became a separate subsidiary in 1993-94. In 2001, Aberdeen-based Abbot Group PLC too...

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