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KCA Deutag celebrates 125 years of operations

Internationally-renowned drilling contractor KCA Deutag reached a historic milestone as it celebrated 125 years of operations in September 2013.

The Aberdeen-headquartered firm operates in 22 countries including Norway, Russia and Oman and employs over 8,500 staff worldwide.

KCA Deutag Chief Executive Officer Norrie McKay, paid tribute to the company’s seasoned and well respected past. Mr McKay said: “It is a real honour to be part of a company with such a rich history and strong tradition of technical excellence, which still has significant growth potential.”

“As we reach this milestone, we have a well-invested asset base and a proven track record of delivering safe, reliable and efficient drilling operations in harsh, challenging and international environments. We are capitalising on this expertise as we continue to strengthen and develop the business in existing and developing markets.”

“We are a diverse business offering a range of products and services to the oil and gas industry whether it is land or offshore drilling, mobile offshore operations, engineering projects or developing new drilling technologies.”

“We are celebrating this landmark anniversary with our staff and our clients - the people who have made this company what it is and who have supported us every step of the way.  I would like to thank everyone who has played a part in KCA Deutag’s journey, whether that was in the past, the present or still to come.”  

The company was founded in 1888 by Heinrich Lapp in Aschersleben, Germany, and in 1919 was renamed Deutsche Tiefbohr Aktiengesellschaft – Deutag.

In the 1920s, the company was taken over by the firm C. Deilmann Bergbau und Tiefbau and in 2001 Deutag merged with KCA (Kier Cawdor Arrow) Drilling to become KCA Deutag.