Demand for ever deeper geothermal energy, oil and gas exploration and drilling of production wells is the main driver behind development of Bauer’s new TBA 440 M2 deep drilling rig, which can drill to depths of 7,000m.
The new rig replaces the TBA 300/441 M1 model and has a hook load of up to 440t. The rig is based on a modular system, which Bauer says brings efficiency and compact transportation.
The new rig is equipped with an integrated walking system, enabling the rig to be moved around site, even when the pipe storage system is loaded.
The new rig was unveiled to Bauer’s key customers at a special event at its factory in Schrobenhausen, Germany. The company also used the event to launch its new Deep Drilling division, which will market the new rig, as well as the smaller TBA 200 and TBA 200 rigs, and the RB T-90 rig that was originally designed for mine rescue operations but has proved to be a useful production drilling machine.