Rig moves

Meeting expectations

Our experience goes back to the time when the first wooden land rig was erected for the Bataafsche Petroleum Maatschappij (later Shell) in the Netherlands. In the years to follow, our work area expanded to Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the former Soviet republics.

A rig move starts with detailed preparations. We create custom-made project plans in close cooperation with our project managers, QHSE Department and field supervisors. We assure our customers their project will be carried out in accordance with the latest regulations combined with Wagenborg Foxdrill’s most recent field experiences to meet expectations.


The process of every rig move is documented in a rig-move manual, comprising site visits, road inspections, resource planning, procedures including 3D drawings and pictures, method statements and safety assessments.

One of the most important elements of a rig move is transport planning. In most cases, we perform a scout trip in order to familiarise ourselves with the situation in detail. Then we determine the complete transport planning of a rig, including elements such as types and number of trucks, permit restrictions, etc.


After a rig move, so-called post-move meetings are organized together with our client to evaluate the project. The relevant aspects are updated in the rig-move manuals to close the loop.

Many of our crew members have been working together for a number of years, accumulating experience on many types of masts.

Door to door service

art equipment for every rig move, such as cranes, trucks, vessels and rigging equipment. Most of this equipment is owned by the Wagenborg Group. For overseas moves, the expertise of other Wagenborg companies can be used, resulting in a door-to-door service.