KCA DEUTAG Extends Nigerian Presence

KCA DEUTAG Drilling GmbH, a subsidiary of Abbot Group PLC, has announced the awarding of further contracts in Nigeria.

Pan Ocean Oil Corporation recently awarded a contract to KCA DEUTAG for rig T-57 that will run for two years, with an option of extensions. T-57 will begin operations in the fourth quarter of this year.

KCA DEUTAG has three other rigs currently working in Nigeria, T-26A, T-43 and T-6. The Nigerian AGIP Oil Company awarded a new two-year contract for rig T-6 with effect from July 2002, with a one-year optional extension.

"The perseverance of the KCA DEUTAG team in demonstrating the advantages it can offer led to it winning a single source contract, which gave rig T-43 the opportunity to be imported into Nigeria," commented Claus Chur, MD of KCA DEUTAG Drilling GmbH. "This was the stepping-stone for our expansion in the country." Deutage T-57

The mobilization of T-43 within budget and on time demonstrated to KCA DEUTAG's clients in Nigeria what the company can achieve in often difficult circumstances.

On arrival it was moved 35 kilometers to the Agbada Cluster where it arrived 15 days ahead of schedule – an achievement in any country. In addition to the Rig, KCA DEUTAG was also responsible for creating the new camp for T-43 including a water treatment unit.

One of the key players in all this was the community relations officer, because clearance from the neighboring tribe is essential.

"In all matters, such as transportation, crane services, manpower, locally purchased materials, etc., careful management is essential and the KCA DEUTAG team in Nigeria have become skilled in this respect," commented Chur. "Due to the hard work of both ex-pat and indigenous staff, the company's prospects in Nigeria look bright."