Promising future for
Wagenborg Middle East

The Middle East region suits Wagenborg Services like a warm blanket. Full with Oil and Gas and being a transport hub between Asia and Europe and the Americas, this region is still developing very rapidly and doesn’t suffer from any economic crisis.

In July 2012, the local entity, Wagenborg Middle East DMCC, was finally formed. Having our offices in Jumeirah Lake Towers, Jumeirah Business Centre 5 in Dubai, Wagenborg Middle East is based in the centre of the various client offices and regional activities.

The focus for new work and clients is on the Oil and Gas Services, being: Offshore Support Vessels, Oilfield Services, Heavy Lifting and Transport, Logistic Management (4PL – Services) and Freight Forwarding. To get into business, Wagenborg Middle East had to build up the network, register the activities for the potential customers  and (pre-) qualify these services. All together this process took a lot of time  and is still in progress. However, the administrative work led to success already, which resulted in various projects executed for new customers as Dalma Gulf Drilling and Arabian Saipem in Saudi Arabia.

By registering and qualifying our services, Wagenborg Middle East is now known by the main operators in the UAE, such as ZADCO, ADMA OPCO, ADCO, NDC, NMDC and ADNOC. This results in growing invitations to tender on Supply Vessels, Inspection Services and Downhole Drilling Tools. The mentioned tenders and contracts may bring Wagenborg a definitive place in the local market and a more diversified and growing share of Wagenborg (Offshore) turnover.


By visiting clients in North Africa, Iraq, Qatar, Kuwait and Oman, the clients in these regions see more and more of the advantages in hiring the Wagenborg expertise and modern equipment, together with finding Solutions for client challenges as well. This results in ongoing tenders such as: 

  • 2 Platform Supply Vessels in Qatar (Qatar Petroleum)
  • Downhole Drilling tools in Kuwait (Kuwait Oil Company)
  • 4-PL Services (Shell Iraq)
  • Rigmove Consultancy in Egypt (EDC)
  • Machine shop in Libya (KCADeutag)
  • Rigmove Consultancy in Oman (Petrotel)

The Middle East region is known for its wealth and her competitiveness, but is still facing a lack of experience and a limited availability of qualified local personnel. This is why any form of consultancy is very popular in this region. One of the Wagenborg Middle East activities, particularly Rigmove Consultancy, is highly appreciated by the local market. This activity is carried out and supported by Wagenborg Foxdrill and mostly, in the field, executed by Roger Vleeshouwers, who has considerable experience in doing so. Roger is supported by project engineers for all necessary documentations and drawings.



Generally these jobs exist of preplanning the upcoming rigmove together with the drilling contractor and its operator. After the theoretical plan has been drawn, a rigmove observation will be done during the actual rigmove. Doing so, Roger will draw attention to immediate actions and improvements. These actions and improvements will be discussed during the morning and evening meetings to align the activities for the upcoming and following day.

Once the rigmove has been finished, Roger will report to the client in writing about his facts and findings shortly. After returning to office, Roger and his team will draw up a rigmove manual, which helps the client to plan future rigmoves better, implement improvements (as part of the learning curve) and use the manual for induction and  training purposes for existing and new drilling crews. The rigmove manual will also be used to better align third party services. This will finally lead to safer and more efficient rigmoves.

In some cases it leads to involving Wagenborg Foxdrill equipment and personnel to further improve the rigmove activities. From experience we can say that using the rigmove consultancy in combination with a limited involvement of rigmove equipment and personnel leads to a reduction of LTI’s, 25% reduction in rigmove time and 15% reduction in rigmove costs!

Serving the clients in the Middle East from our local office is very much appreciated. All together we can conclude that Wagenborg Middle East has a promising future!!