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ADNOC Drilling Announces Key Milestone with Completion of First Integrated Drilling Services Well


Abu Dhabi, UAE – March 31, 2019: ADNOC Drilling, an Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) subsidiary, announced, today, the completion of its first fully ‘integrated drilling services’ well in the Al Dabbyia onshore field, in the Al Dhafra Region of the Abu Dhabi emirate.

The well was the first to be drilled in a fully integrated way – delivered to ADNOC Drilling’s client, ADNOC Onshore – following the announcement of a strategic partnership between ADNOC and Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE), which is helping to enable and support the growth and development of ADNOC Drilling as the company targets new business opportunities in the UAE and beyond.

This first well was completed ahead of plan and within budget, achieving a best-in-class performance in terms of drilling efficiency.

Abdulmunim Saif Al Kindy, ADNOC Upstream Executive Director, said: “Today marks an important milestone in ADNOC Drilling’s history as the company sets out to deliver fully integrated services across the drilling value chain, unlocking new growth opportunities and revenue potential. The transformation of ADNOC Drilling into a fully integrated drilling and well-completion company is part of ADNOC’s group-wide transformation to ensure it thrives in the evolving energy landscape and takes advantage of new market opportunities.

“In partnership with BHGE, ADNOC Drilling will generate predictable, long-term revenue streams and growth in the market. By leveraging a complete range of drilling services, the company will also enhance its operational performance, in line with ADNOC’s 2030 smart growth strategy, which seeks to increase its crude oil and gas production capacity and optimize costs and efficiencies to create a more profitable upstream business.”

ADNOC plans to grow its conventional drilling activity by 40 percent by 2025 and substantially ramp up the number of its unconventional wells, as it targets 4 million barrels of oil production capacity per day by the end of 2020 and 5 million by 2030.

ADNOC Drilling will remain the sole rig provider to the ADNOC Group of companies and capitalize on ADNOC’s growing upstream activity as it demonstrates increasing drilling efficiencies and improved customer service levels.

Abdalla Saeed Al Suwaidi, CEO of ADNOC Drilling, said: “We are the largest hydrocarbon drilling company in the Middle East. We have expanded continuously over the last four decades, acquiring new rigs and investing in the latest technologies, building a world-class workforce and earning a reputation as a leading and reliable provider of well drilling and servicing.

“Becoming a fully integrated drilling and well-completion company is another major milestone in our development and expansion strategy. It will enable us to better support ADNOC in delivering its exploration and production growth plans and in capturing more value from every barrel of oil it produces. It also increases the company’s competitiveness, strengthens our service offering and positions ADNOC for future regional expansion.”

The UAE is located in one of the world’s largest hydrocarbon super-basins with significant potential to tap its undeveloped reservoirs and further develop its existing resources. Realizing this potential, alongside the ongoing growth and development of ADNOC Drilling, will provide more opportunities for local third-party service providers to compete for and support ADNOC’s expanding integrated drilling and ancillary service requirements.


ADNOC is one of the world’s leading diversified energy and petrochemicals groups with a daily output of about 3 million barrels of oil and 10.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas. With 14 specialist subsidiary and joint venture companies, ADNOC is a primary catalyst for the UAE’s growth and diversification. For further information:

About ADNOC Drilling

Established in 1972, ADNOC Drilling provides drilling rigs and associated services to ADNOC Group companies. ADNOC Drilling is the largest drilling company in the Middle East and operates an expansive fleet of rigs that includes 60 land rigs, 20 jackup rigs, and 11 island rigs that drilled over 8,000 wells and more than 50 million feet. To find out more visit:

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March 31, 2019