ADNOC Drilling kick starts operation of its hybrid land rigs

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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ADNOC Drilling has marked a major milestone in its decarbonization journey with 2 of its brand-new hybrid-powered land rigs commencing operations in Abu Dhabi.

The new rigs use a high-capacity battery and engine automation.The hybrid power technology system stores energy in its batteries to use when there is a need for continuous power or to provide instant extra power when there is an increase in demand, reducing a rig’s greenhouse gas emissions by up to 15 percent compared to a traditional rig.

In 2023, the company acquired 16 such rigs for a combined $327 million investment, driving the organization’s accelerated rig fleet expansion program. The remaining 14 newbuild rigs are expected to join ADNOC Drilling’s operational fleet progressively throughout the year.

The addition of these hybrid rigs to the fleet exemplifies the organization’s vision that growth and decarbonization can be realized simultaneously.

Enabling rig crews to optimize engine use and reduce fuel consumption, the hybrid systems employed on the new rigs will also improve overall efficiency by allowing the crews to manage steadier loads and react quickly to fluctuating power demands, which in turn, can significantly extend the operational life of the rig itself.

In addition to reducing overall emissions, hybrid rigs typically operate at lower noise levels, which helps to minimize their impact on the surrounding environments.

Abdulrahman Abdullah Al Seiari_ADNOC Drilling hybrid rig starts operations
Abdulrahman Abdullah Al Seiari
ADNOC Drilling

“The addition of hybrid rigs into our fleet marks the latest endeavour undertaken by ADNOC Drilling in alignment with our ambitious target to reduce greenhouse gas intensity by 25 percent by 2030, as well as supporting ADNOC’s Net Zero by 2045 target. But it isn’t the only initiative that we have committed to within the last year.”

Abdulla Al Seiari added that, “Across our fleet, we have begun to incorporate battery energy storage systems, digital solutions aimed at optimising energy distribution, and electrifying supporting operations, which combined have helped manage fuel usage and rig emissions. At the same time, we are working to introduce solar energy solutions across our camps to help further reduce our overall carbon footprint.”

ADNOC Drilling also contributed to carbon capture and storage (CCS) initiatives in recent years. In 2023, the company, on behalf of ADNOC, delivered the world’s first fully sequestered carbon dioxide (CO2) injection well in a carbonate saline aquifer.

Part of ADNOC’s $23 billion allocation towards low carbon solutions and landmark projects to decarbonise its operations, the well will permanently store a minimum of 18,000 tons of CO2 per year.

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