Parker Rig 216 Heads To Kazakhstan

Parker Drilling Company's Rig 216 has departed the Port of Houston for Kazakhstan. Rig 216 is the third of three land rigs Parker is contributing to the six-rig SaiPar joint venture under long-term contract with Karachaganak Petroleum Operating BV (KPO).

The rig is expected to arrive in St. Petersburg in early August, where it will be transferred for rail shipment to Aksai in northwest Kazakhstan. Anticipated spud date for the rig is mid-October.

Rig 216 is an E-2000 drilling rig with depth capabilities in excess of 20,000 ft. It is designed to operate in severe environments, where temperature extremes can range from -20F in winter to 130F in summer. The rig has the latest technology regarding power generation and distribution, and engine emissions meet the EPA/IMO tier-2 year 2000 and CARB (California Air Resource Board) off-road emission certifications.

In addition to Rig 216 Parker Drilling operates 11 rigs including the SaiPar joint venture and a labor contract in Kazakhstan. The company first operated in Kazakhstan in 1992 and is the leading Western drilling contractor in the country.