Land and Barge Drilling

Parker's international fleet includes 24 land rigs and two offshore barge rigs in international locations, 13 barge rigs in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, one land rig located in the U.S., and two land rigs in Alaska undergoing commissioning. Our fleet is subject to a rigorous maintenance program for optimal performance. Guided by the Parker Drilling Quality Management System, our personnel strive for a cost-effective, efficient, safe operation.

Land Drilling

Parker’s land rig fleet is positioned in international markets, with rigs ranging from 900 to 3,000 horsepower with drilling depth capabilities of 9,000 to 35,000 feet.

Our AC variable frequency drive (VFD) land rigs are versatile, fast-moving rigs. The 2,800 horsepower series features a design enabling a smaller environmental footprint while delivering more power for deeper, more complex drilling programs in remote frontier locations. The 2,000 horsepower series land rigs feature intelligent driller controls and integrated Programmable Logic Controllers, dynamic braking systems, and a slingshot-design substructure enabling a safer, faster rigup and a reduced number of transport loads.

The legendary Parker Drilling OIME 3000-E series rigs are equipped with a powerful 3,000 horsepower drawworks and are rated to drill to depths in excess of 30,000 feet. OIME 3000-E rigs have drilled record-setting wells around the world, including a well drilled to a vertical depth of 29,312 feet in Oklahoma.

Parker’s land rig fleet also includes rigs in the 900 to 2,000 horsepower range.  Our fleet is suited to a variety of international locations, climates and drilling programs, including geothermal, directional, arctic, high-temperature, and high-pressure drilling.

Barge Drilling

Parker’s U.S. Gulf of Mexico barge rig fleet is the largest marketed barge fleet in the region, with rigs ranging from 1,000 to 3,000 horsepower with drilling depth capabilities of 13,000 to 30,000+ feet. Parker recently made significant investments in the upgrade of this fleet, resulting in increased efficiency and safety performance. These rigs are also equipped for zero-discharge operations and are suitable for a variety of drilling programs in coastal waters, particularly for deep drilling.

Parker Drilling introduced a step change in coastal drilling with Parker Barge Rig 77B, engineered for increased reliability and with a specification for deep gas drilling programs. 77B is the premier barge rig in the Gulf of Mexico, and one of very few capable of drilling deep, large-hole casing programs in excess of 25,000 feet.

In addition to the Gulf of Mexico fleet, the 3,000 horsepower Parker Barge Rig 257, or the Sunkar, operates in the Caspian Sea. Rig 257 is the world’s only arctic-class barge rig, designed to drill year-round in conditions such as extreme temperatures, arctic ice, and reservoir conditions with high-temperature, high-pressure wells. The rig operates with a strict zero-discharge policy, enabling it to drill with a reduced impact on the environment.