ST PETERSBURG, Russia – Gazprom Neft has signed a memorandum of understanding with drilling services provider Gazprom Burenie to develop Russia’s first ‘robotized’, digital drilling rig.
This would be deployed for construction of wells on offshore and onshore fields.
The prototype for the rig was created as part of the Petersburg EnergyHUB project, involving Gazprom Neft, Uralmash NGO Holding, Yandex.Cloud, and Bitrobotics.
Goals include reducing lead-times, capital and operating costs associated with hydrocarbon production.
In addition, Gazprom Neft said, digitalizing drilling processes should improve safety through eliminating manual labor and minimizing the human involvement in mechanized operations.