KCA DEUTAG Celebrates 40 Years in Oman

KCA DEUTAG, a subsidiary of Abbot Group, has marked 40 years operation in Oman with a glittering function held at the Grand Hyatt Muscat.

The company has been drilling continuously in Oman since 1964 - a remarkable 40-year record unmatched by any other company in the Arab states.

It was in May 1964 that KCADEUTAG unloaded its drilling rig T-15 at the seaside of Mina Al-Fahal. About 1500 tons of heavy equipment was taken by barges to the beach and moved from there with heavy all terrain trucks to the first drilling location in Lekhwair.

This was at a time when Muscat was still a small town. The city gates of Muscat were closed at sunset and opened again in the morning. There were no sealed roads and only a few cars.

The first Omani crew members were directly employed in 1964 and KCA DEUTAG is fully involved in the Omanization program, progressively increasing the percentage of Omani citizens employed in enterprises located in Oman and building up the national reservoir of skills.

KCA DEUTAG has developed an enhanced field-training program called DEFT. With the financial support of the Oman Government and organized under the umbrella of OPAL, the Oman Society For Petroleum Services, young Omanis have the chance to join a three years Well Engineering Course at the Fire Safety and Engineering College in Muscat. In the Technical Training Centre in Fahud an intensive three-year training program for electricians and mechanics was started last year.

Earlier this year, KCA DEUTAG was awarded a US$19.4m, four-year contract from Petroleum Development Oman LLC (PDO) for Rig T-44.

"The rig will continue to drill within PDO's Fahud Field in North Oman as it has for the past four years," explained Joachim West, Country Manager.

Rigs T-77 and T-78 started drilling gas development wells down to about 5200m in the Saih Rawl Field this year and together with T-63, KCA DEUTAG is now operating three Heavy Rigs (2000 HP) in the same field.