Iran builds world’s 1st dual-purpose drilling rig

April 28, 2011 - 0:0

TEHRAN – Iran has built and launched the world’s first dual-purpose (offshore and onshore) drilling rig in Salman oilfield.

The mentioned rig has been completely designed and constructed by the engineers of Iranian Offshore Oil Company (IOOC), the Mehr News Agency reported.
According to the managing director of IOOC, Mahmoud Zirakchianzade, once the rig becomes operational some 8,000-10,000 barrels would be added to Salman oilfield’s daily production capacity.
A drilling rig is a machine which creates holes (usually called boreholes) and/or shafts in the ground. Drilling rigs can be massive structures housing equipment used to drill water wells, oil wells, or natural gas extraction wells, or they can be small enough to be moved manually by one person.
Oil and natural gas drilling rigs can be used not only to identify geologic reservoirs but also to create holes that allow the extraction of oil or natural gas from those reservoirs.