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Our Growth and Future

Our Growth and Future

At ADNOC Drilling we are set on a path of expansion and growth that is built on nearly 50 years of reliable and robust performance as the sole provider of drilling rig hire services to ADNOC upstream companies, on agreed contractual terms.

With plans to further grow our rig fleet, enhance services and expand domestic and regional operations, we continue to tirelessly refine the way we work, leveraging smart drilling techniques and engineering solutions, building our capabilities so we can strive to be even more cost efficient as we drill more wells.

Integrated Drilling Services (IDS)


Our partnership with Baker Hughes gives us the ability to offer comprehensive market-leading drilling and well construction services that span the entire drilling value chain. 
Incorporating IDS into our service portfolio has led us to achieve record-breaking performance and efficiency levels,and made considerable savings in well time and cost. It has also increased our reliability and enhanced our competitiveness by delivering better well economics, ensuring we offer our clients ever more cost-effective services.

Hydraulic Fracturing


ADNOC Drilling provides fracturing or fracture stimulation, which is an important operation carried out to unlock the potential of ADNOC’s unconventional energy resources.

Based on the successful start of our hydraulic fracturing operations, we plan to produce 1 billion cubic feet per day of unconventional gas by 2030, including about an estimated 300 wells to unlock vast gas reserves from our Ruwais Diyab concession area.  

Fracturing works by pumping tiny solids and/or specially designed fluids underground at high pressures to ‘crack’ subsurface rock in order to increase the hydrocarbon flow to the well.

A typical fracture operation requires high Hydraulic Horse Power (HHP) pumps along with high-rate blenders and hydration units to mix tailored fluid and tiny solids (proppants), which are pumped down-hole.

Rig Fleet Expansion

We own some of the most advanced onshore and offshore rigs in the world, and constantly adopt advanced technologies, digitalization, and innovative drilling techniques to drive performance, enhance drilling operations and improve well economics. 

We have the largest fleet of rigs for a national drilling company in the region and we expect to acquire more rigs in the future, as we work to support ADNOC in its target to raise production capacity by another 25% to 5 million barrels every day in 2030.

Our focus is on buying state-of-the-art rigs with advanced technology, automated as well as digital systems onboard that allow us to drill thousands more future wells efficiently and competitively to help contribute and strengthen ADNOC’s position as a global leading low-cost producer of crude oil.

Technology and Innovation


ADNOC’s Real Time Monitoring Center (RTMC) is capable of monitoring up to 120 drilling sites simultaneously, and contributed to enabling a 30% reduction in well duration over 4 years (2016-2019).

We use Integrity Explorer (INTEX), an industry-exclusive sensor technology, that delivers data at the rig site to immediately address well integrity issues and has helped to deliver 30% savings in well logging time.

Our Reservoir Characterization Explorer (RCX) measures formation pressure and obtains clean fluid samples, saving many hours during operations. 

The MR Explorer Logging Technology is a ‘best-in-class’ Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Logging service (NMR) that ultimately enhances hydrocarbon recovery and pinpoints the most profitable areas of the reserve to drill into.

We use automated drilling systems that display data on an interface, providing our drillers with more control and an autopilot system that adjusts with well conditions.