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KCA Deutag is a leading provider of premium rig services, specialist engineering and design and land rig manufacture for the international oil and gas industry. Our breadth of services distinguishes us from the vast majority of international drilling contractors.


KCA Deutag owns and operates a fleet of approximately 55 high quality land rigs ranging from highly mobile units to large rigs capable of drilling extended reach wells. We operate in a wide range of environments, from the extreme temperatures of the Sahara to the remote and arctic conditions of Siberia.

We have an ongoing rig building and upgrade programme which develops new and innovative rig designs helping us deliver our vision of operating safely, succeeding globally.

We also offer the rental of a wide portfolio of high quality drilling and production equipment, maintained and certified in accordance with recognised industry standards and KCA Deutag's own worldwide standards. Our Equipment Rentals brochure can be found here.

 "KCA Deutag has been carrying out land drilling operations for more than 125 years.  Our presence in most of the oil and gas onshore regions and our performance driven culture allow us not only to deliver the operational service that our clients expect, but also to efficiently manage the logistics involved in rig moves in order to be able to take land drilling wherever our clients need us."

Simon Drew,
President of Land


​KCA Deutag performs drilling operations on our clients’ fixed installations. For the last 40 years platform drilling services has been at the core of the company.  Today we have a pool of experienced people working across current geographies of operation such as the North Sea, the Caspian Sea, Sakhalin Island and West Africa.

Today, KCA Deutag is responsible for drilling on 39 managed offshore platforms in these regions. Many of these platforms have been designed by our specialist engineering division RDS which supports our clients with new-build fixed drilling platform design or upgrade projects ranging from minor modifications to large rig refurbishment projects.

Between the periods of 2009 to 2011, the total recordable incident rate (TRIR) of our platform business has reduced by 67% and the lost time incident (LTI) rate has reduced 79%. This performance has been underpinned by class leading service delivery in all our countries.  We have gained significant experience in working with a wide range of blue chip clients including Statoil, BP, Chevron, Canadian Natural Resources, ExxonMobil, TAQA, Total, Shell, EnQuest and Nexen.

“We consciously choose not to allow luck to play a part in delivering safe, effective, trouble-free drilling operations. This approach of delivering day-by-day, section-by-section and well-by-well takes commitment, belief and passion to succeed. Our range of key clients demonstrates our strong reputation which is supported by the work we do to deliver drilling operations The KCA Deutag Way.”


Rune Lorentzen,
President of Offshore


RDS is the largest drilling rig design and engineering company in the world.  Our highly skilled project teams work with many of the major oil and gas companies and also the major topside contractors and fabricators to deliver world class drilling facilities for some of the most challenging oilfields and locations. 

As an integral part of the KCA Deutag group, our core business is to deliver a comprehensive drilling facilities engineering service at every stage of design, engineering, construction and modification; using the expertise of our engineers and operations experts to ensure the end product is capable of delivering safe, effective, trouble-free operations.  Through our global offices in Aberdeen, Baku, Bergen, Houston, London and St. John’s (Canada) we are well positioned to deliver project work anywhere in the world.

Our services include:

Engineering design for new-builds: RDS' primary focus is large, harsh environment platform drilling rigs and drilling packages for mobile drilling units. Our greenfield capabilities can take a project from drawing board concept stage into front end engineering design (FEED) and through detailed design, including specification and management of the procurement of drilling equipment.

Rig reactivation or modification: Whether a minor piping reconfiguration or an entire rig reactivation, an offshore platform or land rig, RDS provides engineering services throughout all stages of a brownfield project. We support brownfield modifications in many countries from our offices in Aberdeen, Bergen and Baku.

Conceptual engineering and consultancy: RDS provides enhanced focus on the earliest phase of major projects through a group of experts who specialise in the delivery of high quality concept studies. This team also offers drilling facilities and drilling operations consultancy services which can be applied in a variety of scenarios and across all types of rigs.

Construction and commissioning support:
RDS provides specialist drilling input during the construction and commissioning phases of new-build and modification projects. Our approach is to assemble a team that works in an integrated manner alongside the shipyard or topside contractor. This team is responsible for assisting the client in the delivery of a drill rig ready and safe to begin drilling operations.

“At RDS our goal is to engineer the safest and most efficient rigs and to exceed clients expectations as we do so.   Being part of the wider KCA Deutag group, and having access to the operational experience from the other divisions is a key part of this goal.  The requirements for automation, safety in design, environmental protection, harsh environment facilities and efficient operations continue to increase rapidly and RDS strives to lead the industry in these areas.”

Rune Lorentzen
President, RDS

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Bentec is one of the leading manufacturers of land rigs and oilfield equipment worldwide. It designs and manufactures high-quality, cost-effective drilling rigs and equipment including top drives able to operate in environments from the desert to the arctic.

Headquartered in Bad Bentheim in Germany, Bentec’s manufacturing facility extends over 110,000 m² and includes 13,000 m² of fully equipped covered workshops – enough to commission and test rigs for complete turnkey projects.

Additional production and service workshops in Russia and the Middle East guarantee service support around the globe. For further information please visit our website at

“Our technologies and products continue to exceed our customers’ expectations. However, it is our people who shape and drive our future achievements. Both our employees and our company are characterised by confidence, inventiveness and determination – the decisive factors in Bentec’s continuous success in the drilling equipment market.”

Dirk Schulze,
Chief Executive Officer, Bentec