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Italian contractor to bring Nabors’ suite of tech options to Europe and Africa

Italy’s drilling contractor Hydro Drilling has formed a strategic alliance with Nabors Drilling International Limited (NDIL), an affiliate of Nabors Industries, to deploy the latter’s technologies and services in Europe and Africa in a bid to improve hydrocarbon production and curb emissions.

Hydro Drilling Global (HD), an affiliate of Hydro Drilling, announced the signing of a distribution agreement with Nabors last week to market and deploy the U.S.-based firm’s technologies and services in Europe and Africa.

Ryan Alvey, Managing Director of HD, remarked: “We are pleased to align with Nabors, to provide a creative solution that allows European and African energy companies to meet their increased drilling performance and emissions reduction objectives to deliver optimal production cost and energy efficiency.

“The combination of HD’s regional knowledge and operational expertise with Nabors’ best-in-class technologies, yields a unique and differentiated value proposition for our customers in the region.”

HD explained that this alliance comes as companies throughout the region are seeking effective solutions to meet the rapidly growing demand for safe, efficient and responsible hydrocarbon production.

Miguel Sanchez, Vice President of International Operations with Nabors, commented: “We are excited to team up with HD to expand the customer base that can benefit from Nabors’ market-leading drilling performance and energy efficiency solutions. 

“We believe our model of partnering with strong regional drilling contractors and service companies to jointly deploy technology delivers a unique option for our customers as they continually seek to improve their energy and well cost efficiencies, especially in the face of increasing service and energy costs.”

In light of this, the Italian drilling contractor has identified multiple opportunities for Nabors’ technology and services to lower well costs, emissions, and fuel consumption, such as the deployment of the RigCLOUD data and analytics platform, delivering real-time drilling performance, key performance indicators (KPIs), and other “powerful” analytics to optimize and drive continuous improvement.

Moreover, the company will also offer the nanO2 fuel enhancer and the SmartPOWER advisory and automated engine management solution to optimize engine performance, reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency, amid soaring diesel prices and prevailing sustainability initiatives.

Furthermore, the two players intend to evaluate opportunities in Europe and Africa to utilize other “transformational” technologies such as Nabors’ drilling process automation suite including SmartROS, SmartDRILL, SmartNAV, SmartSLIDE, and SmartPLAN.

In addition, other opportunities which are on the table thanks to this partnership, include Nabors’ integrated drilling support services such as automated casing and tubing running enabled by the Casing Drive System, and automated managed pressure drilling enabled by MPD-Ready EXPRESS.

“HD will leverage its 45-year Europe and Africa foothold and operating knowledge, in combination with technology and technical support from Nabors, to deliver these solutions for the benefit of its customers and their drilling performance and sustainability initiatives,” concluded Hydro Drilling in its statement.