MEIL indigenously making rigs for oil and gas sector


Hyderabad: Megha Engineering and Infrastructures Limited (MEIL) achieved a new milestone by manufacturing rigs for the oil and gas sector with indigenous know-how.

The rigs, designed with advanced hydraulic technology, have begun operations in the Kalol oil field near Ahmedabad on Wednsday.

P Rajesh Reddy, Vice-President, MEIL, said, “These rigs made with 1500 HP capacity can drill oil wells to a depth of 4000 metre (4 km) from the surface. These rigs can work for the next 40 years. MEIL has taken up this rig manufacturing as part of the Government of India’s Make in India initiative.”

MEIL has bagged the order to manufacture and supply 47 drilling rigs worth Rs 6,000 crore via a tender from ONGC in 2019. MEIL has deployed the first rig of this order in an oil field near Ahmedabad and successfully commenced the operations. The remaining 46 rigs are in various stages of manufacturing.

Out of these rigs, 20 are work-over rigs, and 27 are land drilling rigs. The work-over rigs are used to extract the deposits from already drilled oil wells and enhance productivity and repair the well. The land drilling rigs are used to drill deep to existing oil reserves. These rigs can dig from 1500 M to 6000 metre depth. The regular rigs can dig up to only 1000 metre.

Of the 20 work-over rigs, 12 automated with a capacity of 50 MT, and four are with a capacity of 100 MT. Another four are with 150 MT capacity. Of the 27 land drilling rigs, 2 are mobile hydraulic rigs with a capacity of 1500 HP each, while 17 are with a capacity of 1500 HP AC VFD (variable frequency drive) each. The other six rigs are with a capacity of 2000 HP each.

MEIL is also designing rigs with a capacity of 2000 HP, which can drill up to 6,000 metre (6 km). This is the first time such capability rigs have produced in India. The second rig drilling operations will begin in a few days. The preliminary preparations for this already began, a release said.

Of the 46 rigs currently under manufacturing, two rigs are in the assembly stage in the Rajahmundry oil field in Andhra Pradesh. MEIL will supply the rest to ONGC-related oil fields in Assam, Tripura and Tamil Nadu.

“The first rig began its operations in an oil well called KLDDX in Damanasa village near Ahmedabad in the Kalol oil field. The rig drills oil wells faster and operates with minimal power. It is manufactured with hydraulic and automated technology.” Reddy said adding that MEIL has adopted the ‘Make in India” slogan as its policy.

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