$10 million Rocket land rig takes off from Oklahoma

A newly designed, fast moving, self-elevating land rig debuted in El Reno, Okla., in September 2006. The triple rig can be erected in about 20 min and drill to 18,000 ft. It features fully integrated electronic controls and instrumentation in a driller’s cabin from National Oilwell Varco.Oklahoma’s Cactus Drilling Co. LLC has finished Rig. 136,the first of four Rocket rigs currently under construction, and plans to complete and deliver the remaining three by January 2007. The first and second 1,000-hp rigs will go to work by yearend under 3-year contracts for XTO Energy Inc.(Fig. 1) XTO will use them to drill the Barnett shale in Tarrant and Johnson counties, Tex. The third an...

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