Moving Rigs Around the World
Columbia has carried out nearly 300 rig moves in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Peru, Ecuador, Sudan and the United States. Our first rig move was in Papua New Guinea in 1971. The company returned there in 1982, and has been actively involved in more than 190 rig moves in that country alone, in terrain conditions ranging from mountain drill sites at 9,000, feet to jungles sites under 3,000 feet.
The Essential Helicopter for Moving Drilling Rigs
The tandem rotor and twin-engine design of the Columbia 234 Chinook and Vertol 107-II is more efficient than single main rotor designs, because all power is directed towards lift, cutting transportation time dramatically. This also provides increased stability in crosswind, allowing us to place loads more precisely at a new rig site, which can also cut down on reassembly time of the rig and components.
The Model 234 Chinook is among the most fuel-efficient of all heavy-lift helicopters, and one of the fastest. This means we are able to move rig components much more quickly than other helicopters, reducing the down time for the rig significantly.
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In Papua New Guinea, we completed more than 190 rig moves in terrain conditions ranging from mountain drill sites at 9,000 feet, to jungles sites under 3,000 feet.