KCA Deutag Director Named Contractor of the Year by IADC

Claus Chur, Director of international drilling contractor KCA DEUTAG, has been named Contractor of the Year by the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC).

The awards ceremony was held on 19 March at the Petroleum Club of Houston, where Mr Chur was presented with the Award, in front of an audience of senior drilling industry personnel.

The Contractor of the Year Award is the most prestigious award in the drilling industry, and the recipient is selected by IADC's leadership for career contributions to the Association and the drilling industry.

Claus Chur has spent over 28 years in the drilling industry and has served in a number of positions within IADC and the Society of Petroleum Engineering, most notably as Chairman of IADC in 2006. Mr Chur is also a charter member of IADC's new Environmental Policy Advisory Committee. He is the author of several publications and he serves on several industry and government advisory committees.

Award sponsor ReedHycalog is contributing a $7,500 to a scholarship in Mr Chur's name which Mr Chur has elected to donate to the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at the Technical University Clausthal in Germany.

Claus Chur is a Board Member and Director of Technical Services at KCA DEUTAG. After receiving his master's degree in Petroleum and Drilling Engineering in 1979 from the University of Clausthal, Mr. Chur joined a Shell Exxon affiliate as a Drilling Engineer.

In 1985 he was appointed Operations Manager and later Technical Director of the Continental Deep Drilling Programme of the Federal Republic of Germany, a geoscientific research project to investigate physical and chemical processes in the deeper continental crust.

In 1995 Mr Chur joined DEUTAG where he held several management positions and in 2001 he was appointed to the KCA DEUTAG Board.

Today as Director Technical Services, he is responsible for the technical integrity of KCA DEUTAG's rig fleet and group wide supply management.

Additionally he serves as Managing Director of KCA DEUTAG Drilling GmbH based in Bad Bentheim, Germany.