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Top 10 Best Drilling Rigs Manufacturers & Brands in 2023

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1. CNPC EQUIPMENT

Country: China

Founded: 1990

About the company:

The China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) is a large, comprehensive oil company that specializes in the production and supply of crude oil and natural gas in China. Its operations encompass a wide range of activities, including oil and natural gas exploration and development, refining and chemical production, pipeline transportation, petroleum product sales, engineering and technical services, equipment manufacturing, and oil trade.

One of CNPC’s key businesses is petroleum equipment manufacturing, which has grown in tandem with the development of China’s petroleum industry. Over the past 50 years, CNPC has built a robust equipment manufacturing system, with strong R&D, design, processing, manufacturing, sales, and service capabilities. As a result, CNPC has become a significant player in China’s equipment manufacturing industry and has a growing impact on the global petrochemical equipment manufacturing sector.

CNPC has nearly 100 enterprises engaged in equipment manufacturing, including major players such as Baoji Petroleum Machinery Co., Ltd., Baoji Petroleum Steel Pipe Plant, Jichai Power Plant, Chaohai Petroleum Equipment Manufacturing Co., Ltd., and Daqing Oilfield. These enterprises have become leading centers for drilling, oil production, steel pipe, power, and offshore oil equipment manufacturing.

In the fields of refining, geophysical exploration, logging, drilling, and production, CNPC has nurtured a number of distinctive enterprises, including Daqing Petrochemical Company, Dongfang Geophysical Exploration Co., Ltd., PetroChina Logging Co., Ltd., and Beijing Petroleum Machinery Factory.

Finally, CNPC’s China Petroleum Technology Development Corporation has evolved into a well-respected international trading company that exports petroleum equipment products globally.

The products of China’s petroleum equipment manufacturing industry span 8 categories, including drilling, oil production, power, steel pipe, refining, oceanic, geophysical exploration, and logging. With over 180 varieties, these products cater to the upstream, midstream, and downstream segments of the petroleum industry, including exploration and development, oil and gas transmission, and refining and chemical production.

All major equipment manufacturing enterprises in China are certified under the ISO9000 quality management system, the ISO14000 environmental management system, and the ISO10012 measurement management system. Furthermore, over 60 products have been granted the right to use the API monogram.

China’s petroleum equipment manufacturing industry boasts a full range of state-of-the-art drilling rigs, capable of drilling depths of 1000-12000m. Other products at the cutting edge of the industry include variable frequency secret drive systems, CGDS geological steering drilling systems, electric submersible pumps, X80 welded steel pipes, coiled tubing, medium and high-power internal combustion engines, large flue gas turbines, complete logging equipment, large seismic acquisition instruments, and more.

The industry has seen rapid growth in recent years, with an annual growth rate exceeding 35%. Products from China’s petroleum equipment manufacturing industry have been exported to over 70 countries and regions and have formed strategic partnerships with over 600 international customers. The cumulative exports over the past three years have amounted to nearly $12 billion, establishing a large market presence in major oil and gas producing regions around the world.

China’s petroleum equipment manufacturing industry has established a comprehensive international marketing network, with 67 overseas institutions in 51 countries and regions, including 10 large warehouse sales bases and 14 maintenance service centers across Central Asia, South America, North America, the Middle East, Africa, the Asia Pacific, and other regions. Additionally, a marketing center has been established to cover the Middle East, South America, and West Africa.

With a focus on excellence and serving the energy sector, the equipment manufacturing business of CNPC aims to enhance the overall value of the industry by taking the market as its guide, technology as its direction, and quality as its priority, while also prioritizing user satisfaction. CNPC continues to invest in scientific and technological innovation to promote industrial upgrading, transform its mode of development, and improve competitiveness, with the ultimate goal of creating a “unified brand of China’s petroleum equipment.”

Drawing on years of experience in energy service and guided by CNPC’s purpose of “contributing energy and creating harmony,” the equipment manufacturing business will adapt to the needs of economic development and the oil and gas industry, focusing on connotation development with a global perspective and strategic thinking. CNPC will work to constantly enhance its service guarantee and market competitiveness, making new and greater contributions to the petroleum industry by building a world-class petroleum equipment manufacturing industry.

2. RG

Country: China

Founded: 1969

About the company:

Nanyang Erji Petroleum Equipment Group Co., Ltd. was originally established as Nanyang Petroleum Machinery Plant of Henan Petroleum Exploration Bureau of Sinopec Group (the former No. 2 Petroleum Machinery Plant of the Ministry of Petroleum Industry). On June 26, 2004, the company underwent a restructuring, converting from a state-owned enterprise to a limited liability company, and later transformed into a joint-stock company on January 18, 2016.

Nanyang Erji is a nationally recognized localization base for major technical equipment, a localization base for light oil drilling rigs, a national innovative enterprise, a high-tech enterprise, and a high-tech enterprise of the Torch Program. The company boasts several institutions, including the National Petroleum Vehicle Equipment Standardization Department, National Certified Enterprise Technology Center, Academician Workstation, and Postdoctoral Research Workstation.

Nanyang Erji’s product offerings include 12 series and over 200 varieties of drilling equipment, including truck mounted drilling rigs, skid mounted modular drilling rigs, tractor mounted drilling rigs, workover rigs, and logging equipment. In the 1990s, the company was at the forefront of the development of portable drilling equipment, characterized by rapid transportation and automation.

Nanyang Erji’s early development of a 3000m truck mounted drilling rig earned it the second prize of the National Science and Technology Progress Award. The company’s 4000m truck mounted drilling rig and 4000m trailer mounted drilling rig meet the high-end needs of users for large tonnage self-propelled drilling equipment and provide advanced equipment for industrial drilling.

The company is also committed to researching and developing unconventional oil and gas equipment and exploration and development equipment that meet the special environmental needs of oceans, deserts, tidal flats, rainforests, and low temperatures (polar regions). It continues to improve the mechanization and intelligence of its equipment. For example, Nanyang Erji has developed a full hydraulic coalbed methane drilling rig, a series of low-temperature drilling rig products that meet the environmental requirements of -45℃ to -60℃ and have been exported to high-end markets such as Russia and Canada, a small module helicopter hoisting rig for tropical rainforest environments, a car trough integrated rig, and a vehicle mounted (towed) rig without strings to meet the special customization needs of users.

Presently, while maintaining its leading position in the industry, Nanyang Erji is actively providing engineering technical services in oilfield drilling, cementing, logging, and other areas. The company aims to grow from a domestically advanced oil drilling and production equipment manufacturer to an international advanced oil and gas complete equipment system integration and service provider.

3. SINOPEC

Country: China

About the company:

Petrochemical Machinery is a subsidiary of Sinopec, focused on the research, development, manufacturing, and technical services of oil and gas technology equipment. It belongs to the oil and gas equipment and tool manufacturing industry, and plays a critical role in ensuring national energy security.

The company’s main business involves the production and sales of various oil and gas development equipment and devices, as well as the development, sales, testing, operation, and maintenance services of drill bits, drilling tools, manifolds, valves, downhole tools, instruments, and meters.

Petrochemical Machinery’s leading products are divided into three main categories: petroleum engineering, oil and gas development, and oil and gas gathering and transportation. These products cover both onshore and offshore oil and gas fields and include oil drilling rigs, cementing equipment, fracturing equipment, workover rigs, coiled tubing operation equipment, pressurized operation equipment, bit drilling tools, downhole tools, oil and gas transmission steel pipes, natural gas compressors, oilfield environmental protection equipment, and high-pressure fluid control products. The company can provide integrated equipment solutions for petroleum engineering operations, as well as petroleum and petrochemical equipment testing, natural gas pressurization, equipment operation and maintenance services.

Oil and gas drilling and production equipment, bit drilling tools, and downhole tools are mainly used for oil and gas exploration and development engineering operations. Offshore engineering equipment is utilized in the exploration, exploitation, storage, and transportation of offshore oil and gas resources. Oil and gas transmission steel pipes are used for transporting oil, refined oil, and natural gas, and can also be used in urban pipe network construction. The natural gas compressor is utilized for gas injection in underground caverns and other gas storage facilities. Finally, Petrochemical Machinery provides integrated solutions that integrate equipment, tools, full life cycle services, and financial services for petroleum engineering operations.

Petrochemical Machinery is dedicated to combining the advantages of research and development, manufacturing, and service to provide exceptional equipment and services for oil and gas exploration and development.

In terms of product excellence, the company’s bit drilling tools, downhole operation tools, cementing and fracturing equipment, and workover equipment are at the international advanced level, while its oil and gas gathering and transmission equipment, such as compressors and steel pipes, are at the domestic advanced level.

In terms of core manufacturing, the company has built 16 production lines for bit drilling tools, drilling rigs, cementing and fracturing equipment, steel pipes, among others, and has 7 professional laboratories, including a 6000hp pump test center, key oil and gas drilling laboratory, and the national oil and gas drilling and production equipment quality supervision and inspection center. Petrochemical Machinery has received international certifications, such as API, GOST, and CE, and has established a comprehensive and reliable quality management system. Its core manufacturing capacity is at the world-leading level.

In terms of marketing services, Petrochemical Machinery has established a comprehensive marketing service system in China and its service capacity is advanced within the country.

As domestic oil service companies continue to focus on light asset operations, the demand for certain petroleum equipment has shifted from investment to leasing. To meet this market demand, Petrochemical Machinery has initiated the leasing business of drilling and production equipment and compressors while ensuring controlled risks and benefits.

The company is dedicated to advancing the development and progress of oil and gas engineering operation technology, improving the quality, speed, and efficiency of oil and gas engineering operations, providing integrated solutions and full life cycle services, and collaborating with petroleum engineering enterprises to support oil and gas exploration and development. Petrochemical Machinery is working towards a shared goal of “powering a better life.”

4. HONGHUA

Country: China

Founded: 1997

About the company:

Honghua Group is a subsidiary of China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation and serves as the main platform for energy equipment development in the aerospace industry. As a world-renowned manufacturer of land drilling and production equipment and an exporter of large land oil rigs in China, Honghua Group primarily focuses on the production of traditional land drilling rigs, CNC drilling rigs, drilling rig accessories, and parts for drilling rig maintenance.

With its robust research and development capabilities, high-quality production facilities, and established international sales network, the company sells approximately 80% of its products to renowned enterprises worldwide, including major oil-producing regions such as North America and the Middle East, as well as emerging markets such as South America, India, Russia, and Africa.

Building on its strong foundation in land drilling equipment, Honghua Group has diversified its offerings and expanded into a comprehensive enterprise involved in the interactive development of land and ocean fields, equipment manufacturing, oil and gas resources development, particularly in unconventional oil and gas fields, and engineering services.

In the future, Honghua Group will collaborate closely with Aerospace Science and Engineering in the development of high-end energy equipment and oil and gas field services. The company will leverage its synergistic capabilities in technology research and development, project implementation, and market expansion to become a globally advanced equipment manufacturing enterprise in the oil and gas industry.

5. Jereh

Country: China

Founded: 1999

About the company:

Yantai Jereh Petroleum Service Group Co., Ltd. (Jereh SZ002353) is a publicly traded company with a global presence, providing its customers with competitive, safe, and reliable products, services, and systematic solutions in the oil and gas and environmental protection industries.

Jereh focuses on meeting its customers’ needs, continuously innovating in traditional fields and expanding into new areas such as intelligent environmental cleaning equipment and battery charging cathode materials. The company operates in over 70 countries and regions, has over 6,000 employees, and is working with global partners to fulfill people’s aspirations for a better life.

As a leading manufacturer of complete equipment for the oil and gas field, Jereh’s advantage lies in providing customers with comprehensive solutions for oil and gas field development and modular delivery, and introducing products for unconventional energy development and application.

Jereh’s equipment, including drilling rigs, cementing, fracturing, tubing, liquid nitrogen, and compressors, have been used in major oil fields worldwide, from the Arctic to the rainforest, from the ocean to the desert. With its customers, Jereh is creating a history in the energy industry.

As a technology-focused enterprise, Jereh places great emphasis on innovation. The company invests a minimum of 4% of its annual sales revenue in R&D and has established partnerships with reputable universities, such as Houston and Xi’an Petroleum University in Canada, to collaborate on product development and technological innovation.

Jereh has established a comprehensive quality management system that includes established processes and standards. In 2006, the company was certified with APIQ1 and ISO 9001 quality management system certifications from the American Petroleum Association.

In addition to its focus on quality, Jereh is capable of designing and manufacturing specialized equipment for oil and gas fields, meeting both domestic and foreign industry standards, as well as the requirements of various export countries.

The company has received international production certifications such as API4F7KW8C/6AW16C/16A and has been certified by EU CE, Norwegian DNV, US DOT, Canadian CDOT, Saudi SASO, and CU-TR, among others.

With the goal of delivering zero-defect products, Jereh has implemented a “whole process control and full participation” quality management mode to ensure high-quality products for customers. A systematic management file has been established for each product and service, allowing for traceability throughout the product quality process.

The company has a highly skilled technical after-sales service team with quick response times and expertise in both technology and equipment. Adhering to the customer-centered service philosophy of “moving customers with heart,” Jereh is constantly evolving.

In the use and transformation of equipment in various working conditions, Jereh helps customers optimize the performance of their equipment and ensure its effective and safe application.

Currently, Jereh has over 20 after-sales service bases around the world and a 24/7 service team to provide one-stop solutions to customer problems and ensure customer satisfaction.

6. Lanzhou Lanshi Group

Country: China

Founded: 1953

About the company:

Lanzhou Lanshi Petroleum Equipment Engineering Co., Ltd. (referred to as Lanshi Equipment Company) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lanshi Group, located on an area of approximately 400 mu, with 1632 employees and 239 technical personnel.

The company is a petroleum drilling and production equipment manufacturer that integrates scientific research, development, design, manufacturing, and engineering technology services. It has the capability to manufacture various offshore drilling modules for onshore oil rigs with drilling depths ranging from 1000 to 12000 meters (450HP to 4000HP) and various types of pumping units. Additionally, it offers complete solutions, system module engineering, full drilling rig sets, drilling rig components, spare parts, and various technical services according to customer needs.

Lanshi Group was established in 1953, originating from the merger of Lanzhou Petroleum Machinery Factory and Lanzhou Petrochemical Equipment Factory. With over 60 years of history, the company has a rich legacy.

Over the past 60 years, Lanshi Group has made significant contributions to the energy equipment field in China by independently developing and manufacturing numerous products, including the country’s first oil drilling rig, a 15000 m semi-submersible ultra-deep offshore drilling rig, a four-in-one continuous reforming reactor, a 30000 ton multi-cylinder sheet forming hydraulic press, and more. These innovations have filled over 100 technology and product gaps in the domestic energy equipment field.

Today, Lanshi Group has evolved into a comprehensive industry chain, incorporating R&D, design, production, manufacturing, and testing, EPC general contracting, investment and operation, after-sales, and financial services. The company’s core industries include fossil energy equipment manufacturing, casting and forging, and general machinery, while also expanding into new energy, energy conservation, environmental protection, and new materials.

Lanshi Group has multiple R&D and manufacturing bases located in Lanzhou, Qingdao, Xinjiang, Xi’an, Shanghai, and Luoyang, and includes 11 secondary subsidiaries, a publicly listed company (Lanshi Heavy Industries, SH603169), an Energy Equipment Engineering Research Institute, three branches, 12 technology centers, an international engineering company, and three overseas branches.

Lanshi Group serves a variety of industries, including the petrochemical industry, coal chemical industry, petroleum drilling and production, mining and metallurgy, military industry, nuclear power, aerospace, heating, and logistics.

The company operates in over 60 countries and regions worldwide, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Russia, Turkmenistan, Japan, the Middle East, and others, and employs nearly 10,000 employees.

In the coming period, Lanshi Group aims to accelerate its transformation, implement restructuring, and vigorously develop intelligent equipment manufacturing and energy conservation and environmental protection industries. The company will also actively venture into new energy, new materials, and other emerging industries.

By following a path of international operations, intelligent manufacturing, business integration, industry finance collaboration, and modern management, Lanshi Group strives to become an integrated energy equipment solution provider with data-driven insights and industrial integration capabilities.

7. COSL

Country: China

About the company:

CNOOC Oilfield Services Co., Ltd. is a comprehensive and large-scale oilfield service provider in the world. It provides services for all stages of offshore oil and gas exploration, development, and production.

The company’s services are divided into four categories: geophysical exploration, drilling, oilfield technical services, and shipping services. COSL has a strong offshore oil service equipment group in the Asia Pacific region.

The company operates and manages 13 geophysical survey ships, 57 sets of drilling equipment including 36 jack-up drilling platforms, 12 semi-submersible drilling platforms, 3 living platforms, and 6 modular drilling rigs, as well as over 130 offshore working ships. Additionally, it has more than 430 sets of advanced oilfield technical service equipment such as logging while drilling, rotary steering, drilling, and more, all independently developed and utilized for services such as logging, mud, directional well, cementing, and workover.

COSL offers not only single business operation services but also integrated, turnkey package operation services for customers. The company’s service area extends to China’s coastal regions and has expanded to six major regions globally, including the Asia Pacific, Middle East, America, Europe, Africa, and the Far East, serving over 40 countries and regions.

CNOOC employees are dedicated to following internationally recognized health, safety, and environmental protection standards while providing first-class services to customers and implementing systematic management.

All company units hold safety management system certificates that comply with ISM (International Safety Management) rules and QHSE management system certificates issued by DNV, meeting ISO9001, ISO14001, and OHSAS18001 standards.

8. ZPEC

Country: China

Founded: 2003

About the company:

Zhongman Oil and Gas Group Co., Ltd. (referred to as Zhongman Oil or Zhongman Group and abbreviated as ZPEC) is a well-known, comprehensive international oil and gas company with a focus on the oil and gas industry. Headquartered in the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone near the port, the company was listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange on November 17, 2017 (stock code: 603619).

Zhongman Oil’s core business includes oil and gas exploration and development, as well as integrated drilling and completion engineering technical services. The company also drives the development of high-end petroleum equipment manufacturing and actively expands into relevant high-tech and value-added businesses.

These businesses are mutually coordinated and developed, leading to three integration advantages in China and Oman: integration of wellbore technology services, integration of drilling engineering services and petroleum equipment manufacturing, and integration of exploration and development with drilling engineering services and petroleum equipment manufacturing.

Zhongman Oil is a high-tech enterprise in Shanghai, holding 251 patents for invention and utility models.

Zhongman Oil’s business operations extend to the Middle East, Central Asia, Russia, North Africa, and other regions. Its main clients include PetroChina, Sinopec, BP, Shell, Russian Gas, Russian Oil, Novatek, Petronas Malaysia, Baker Hughes, Schlumberger, Weatherford, and other well-known international oil and gas companies. The company has also passed the Saudi Aramco drilling supplier qualification review.

Since 2017, Zhongman Oil has actively expanded its upstream industrial chain and made significant progress in transitioning to an exploration and development business. As a private enterprise, the company has obtained the exploration rights to domestic oil blocks and has declared its oil reserves to the government.

9. LANPEC

Country: China

Founded: 1960

About the company:

Gansu Lanpec Petrochemical Hi-Tech Equipment Co., Ltd. (referred to as Lanpec Hi-Tech) is a company with significant influence and outstanding performance in China’s equipment manufacturing industry, with a registered capital of 350 million yuan.

As of March 2016, Lanpec’s equipment and products have been distributed in 31 provinces, cities, and autonomous regions in China and over 10 countries and regions globally, including Asia, Europe, Africa, and America. The company has established good technical exchanges and friendly cooperative relationships with companies from the United States, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Russia, the United Kingdom, Germany, Norway, Denmark, France, Spain, South Africa, Sudan, India, Myanmar, Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries.

Lanpec Hi-Tech is a pioneer in China’s petrochemical equipment and marine and desert oil industries.

Lanzhou Petroleum Machinery Research Institute, the predecessor of Lanpec, was established in May 1960 as a national industrial technology centralized management institute for petroleum drilling and production machinery, refining and chemical equipment.

The company primarily focuses on the research, development, design, and manufacture of oil station mining machinery, oil refining and chemical equipment, marine and desert oil equipment and engineering, oil refining and chemical engineering, natural gas treatment and liquid recovery engineering, light industry and food machinery, as well as performance testing and evaluation of oil drilling and production machinery and oil refining and chemical equipment. The company also provides technical consulting and general contracting for engineering design, construction, manufacturing management, supervision, and other related services.

Lanpec is a first-class network supplier for PetroChina, Sinopec, and CNOOC. With strong high-tech capabilities and a talented team of scientific and technological professionals with extensive technical expertise and research experience, Lanpec is a leading company in its field.

In recent years, the petrochemical equipment manufacturing industry has seen rapid growth, driven by scientific research and development, resulting in a constant emergence of new technologies and products.

Lanpec Hi-Tech follows the corporate philosophy of “Science and technology create a national brand, quality wins the reputation of China.” The company leverages its advantages in technology leadership, advanced systems, and effective management to continuously and sustainably grow into an internationally recognized high-tech enterprise with a strong industry presence and cutting-edge technologies.

10. NOV

Country: USA

Founded: 1841

About the company:

For over 150 years, NOV has been leading innovation in the global energy industry, allowing customers to produce energy safely while minimizing its impact on the environment. The energy industry relies on NOV’s extensive expertise and technology to continuously improve oilfield operations and support the transition towards a more sustainable energy future.

NOV Rig Technologies specializes in the manufacture and support of cutting-edge drilling solutions. The company leverages its knowledge and innovation to shape the future of energy.

NOV is founded on a strong foundation and utilizes its expertise to minimize risks, increase operational uptime, and enhance the performance of global drilling operations. The wellbore technology offered by NOV integrates people, products, and technologies to help customers achieve new levels of efficiency and productivity.

NOV wellbore technology enhances the drilling performance of both onshore and offshore rigs. NOV’s completion and production solutions have the expertise to help customers complete projects efficiently, resulting in increased productivity.

NOV offers well completion and production solutions for workover service providers and oil and gas producers, and seeks opportunities in the fields of hydraulic fracturing stimulation, wellbore workover equipment, composite pipes, pumps, floating production systems, and underwater production technologies.

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