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December 05, 2005

Drilling Into Syrian Desert Floor

Uralmash-Drilling Equipment (Ekaterinburg) has implemented the largest project of the last years. On November 29 in Damask, Syria, the company representatives decommissioned Uralmash 600 DER drilling rig that is the last of the four rigs designed and manufactured by Uralmash for Syrian Petroleum Company. The commissioning ceremony was attended by the Syrian petroleum and mineral resources minister Ibrahim Haddad and other top officials. Among those invited were representatives from Royal Dutch Shell, Burgaz (Gazprom’s drillilng company), Tatneft and Bahrein Petro Trade. The commissioning of the last rig is significant for both the parties. The Syrian customer received unique drilling rigs operating at up to 1000 m above sea level, at temperatures of 15°Ń äî +55°Ń, in windy and dusty conditions of desert, with relative air humidity of up to 80%. The Ekaterinburg manufacturers are back to the market they lost in the Soviet times. The contract is worth $43 mln, which is 20% of the Russian-Syrian trade turnover in 2004. Under the contract, Uralmash-Drilling Equipment is to supply Syrian Petroleum Company with rig spares and provide maintenance. The Uralmash-Drilling Equipment press-service said this is a landmark contract, “The rigs performance in Syria will determine the company’s future success in tenders for drilling equipment supply to overseas markets”.