Western rig to start drilling in Turkmenistan

A western drilling rig manufactured by Bentec GmbH Drilling & Oilfield Systems, a division of Preussag AG, Bad Bentheim, Germany (Figs. 1 and 2), will begin work soon for Turkmenneft in Turkmenistan. The Turk 1, manufactured by Bentec for Turkmenneft, has a hook load capacity of 1.3 million lb (14 lines) and uses modern solids-control equipment (Fig. 2). Photo courtesy of Bentec GmbH Drilling & Oilfield Systems.Click here to enlarge imageThe rig is scheduled to begin drilling Oct. 6, 2001, as part of a 30-well program. The 2,000 hp, desert-ready "Turk 1" was designed and built to meet ISO 9001, API, and Russian specifications.The 156 ft cantilever mast has a hook load capacity of 1.3 mil...

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