Global drilling equipment service group RigQuip Drilling Services has signed an agreement with Zamil Shipyards to set up its drilling equipment service facility in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.
Launched in 2006, RigQuip is a privately owned business, which specialises in drilling equipment, engineering, service and parts, and has a global presence with operations in the UK, UAE, Singapore, US and Mexico.
Zamil is a leading shipyard in Saudi Arabia that services both the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea regions, offering full maintenance, repair and operation shipyard services.
This collaboration will offer both companies’ clients drilling equipment inspection and service, combined with berthing and full maintenance, repair, and operating shipyard services, said a statement from RigQuip Drilling Services.
The partnership, a first-of-its-kind in the kingdom, will see RigQuip’s API Q2 certified drilling equipment service team establish a workshop base at Zamil’s Dammam shipyard and quayside facility, providing inspection and service of complete drilling packages and equipment, including top drives, drawworks, mud pumps, iron roughnecks, pipe handling equipment and pressure control equipment, it added.
On the new Saudi plan, Dan Wibberley, RigQuip Operations Manager for Mena region, said: "In what is a very significant step in our international expansion plans, we are extremely pleased to announce the establishment of a RigQuip workshop in Saudi Arabia, in conjunction with Zamil Shipyards."
"The provision of our services, integrated with those available from Zamil’s team will greatly enhance our combined ability to serve our valuable clients in Kingdom," he stated.
For Zamil, this announcement is part of its wider strategy to develop an integrated drilling and marine centre of excellence as part of Saudi’s Vision 2030.
Zamil Shipyards Head of Business Development and Marketing Nelson Mackie said: "We’re excited to make this announcement, which adds a range of new services to Zamil’s already extensive offering."
"With the addition of RigQuip and its services, we further cement our position as the most practical, reliable and durable solutions provider in kingdom, and continue to support Vision 2030," he added.-TradeArabia News Service