The drilling unit of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc Drilling) has announced the completion of its first fully ‘integrated drilling services’ well, following the collaboration with US-based oil field services provider Baker Hughes, a GE Company (BHGE).

Adnoc Drilling said it performed the well drilling for Adnoc Onshore’s Al-Dabbiya oil field, in the Al-Dhafra region of the Abu Dhabi emirate, Adnoc said in a statement.

Adnoc divested a 5 per cent stake in its drilling unit to BHGE in October last year, for $550m.

The well drilling is the first exercise to be performed post BHGE’s engagement with Adnoc Drilling.

“This first well was completed ahead of plan and within budget, achieving a best-in-class performance in terms of drilling efficiency,” Adnoc said in its statement.

Separately, Adnoc Onshore is pushing ahead with a project to sustain oil production from the Al-Dabbiya field. It recently received expressions of interest from contractors for the project, estimated to be valued between $200m and $300m.

Adnoc plans to grow its conventional drilling activity by 40 per cent by 2025 and substantially ramp up its number of unconventional wells, as it targets a production capacity of 4 million barrels a day (b/d) of oil by the end of 2020 and 5 million b/d by 2030.

Adnoc Drilling is the sole rig provider to the Adnoc Group of companies.

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