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New generation rigs are the latest technology in Australia

Transfield Services’ subsidiary Easternwell is operating the very latest in well servicing technology in the Surat Basin, after commissioning two new Advantage Light rigs for a three-year multimillion dollar contract with natural gas company QGC Pty Limited (QGC).

Designed and built in Toowoomba by Easternwell the new workover rigs are used to service existing wells and install infrastructure in newly drilled wells. The revolutionary design enables the rigs to be transported as standard semi-trailer loads rather than over-sized thereby significantly reducing the time and cost required to move between locations.

The first of two rigs commenced work in January with the second to follow this month in support of QGC’s operations in the Surat Basin.

Hon. Ian Macfarlane MP Federal Member for Groom and Minister for Industry and Science spoke at the groundbreaking industry event which was attended by key clients at Easternwell’s workshop in Toowoomba.

“Easternwell demonstrates what can be achieved, by developing innovative equipment that is more efficient and productive. This is especially important in an environment where costs efficiencies are crucial.” said Mr Macfarlane.

Easternwell’s Executive General Manager Tim Phelan said the new rigs represented a significant step forward in current rig technology available in Australia.

“We have been working with QGC for several years to apply learnings from rig operations that
improve efficiency and safety and provide us with a real advantage,’’ Tim said.

“One example is the time required to set up and move the rigs, which has been reduced by about 40%. Over the course of a year that results in significant benefits for our clients.

“It is the capability and expertise of our team together with the collaborative relationships we have with our clients that enable us to design and build the most advanced workover rigs in the country, and position us as the leading provider of Well Servicing in Australia.”

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