Source: Queiroz Galvao Oleo e Gas
Queiroz Galvao Oleo e Gas (QGOG), the largest privately held provider of drilling and production services in Brazil, announced today the arrival from China of three new helicopter-transportable onshore drilling rigs, including the QG-V rig leased to Petrobras (NYSE:PBR), and the QG-VIII and QG-IX rigs leased to HRT Participacoes em Petroleo S.A. (HRT), a new client for QGOG.
The new drilling rigs are uniquely designed to meet the challenging requirements for projects in remote regions of the Amazon, and include deep-drilling capacity and ease of transportability. The rigs, built by HongHua of China, a company that has developed other onshore rigs for the Company, are able to drill wells of up to 4,500 meters and can be moved in modules of up to 2,500 Kg, enabling them to be transported by helicopter to remote, difficult-to-access locations. The rigs are also equipped with advanced technologies to increase safety and operational efficiency. The rigs are expected to be operational in May 2011.
"With six onshore rigs in operation, the arrival of these new state-of-the-art rigs increases QGOG's onshore activity by 50% and strengthens its position in Brazil as the leading provider of onshore oil and gas drilling and production services," stated Leduvy Gouvea, Chief Executive Officer. "We look forward to having these rigs come on-line in the near term."
"Although there was industry demand for helicopter-transportable rigs, there were no manufacturers anywhere in the world that had developed them to the specifications required for operations in remote areas of the Amazon," commented Luiz Alberto Andres, Operations Officer. "We and our Chinese partner, HongHua, collaborated to design and produce these unique new rigs specifically for our customers' Amazon projects."
The investment by QGOG in the QG-V, QG-VIII and QG-IX rigs was approximately US$51.0 million.
QGOG currently operates six onshore and five offshore drilling rigs and has an interest in one FPSO. Two additional drillships and one FPSO, in which QGOG also has a participating interest, are under construction, all have been contracted. Additionally, the Company has an offshore drilling rig, "Alpha Star", which is sailing now from Singapore to Brazil.
QGOG is the largest Brazilian privately-held provider of drilling and production services contractor. Over the last 30 years of continuous operations, QGOG has built an unparallel reputation for excellence in onshore and offshore drilling services, achieving ISO 9001, 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certifications for its quality management, environmental and safety records and systems. As part of one of Brazil's largest industrial groups, Queiroz Galvao, QGOG enjoys synergies with group companies such as Queiroz Galvao Exploracao e Producao (QGEP), the oil and gas exploration and production arm, as well as with one of Brazil's leading construction and engineering firms, Construtora Queiroz Galvao S.A., one of the shareholders and the operator of the largest shipyard in the Americas.