Nabors Industries to Acquire RDS

Nabors Industries Ltd. (“Nabors”) (NYSE: NBR), today announced that it has acquired Stavanger based Robotic Drilling Systems AS (“RDS”), a provider of automated tubular and tool handling equipment for the onshore and offshore drilling markets. This transaction integrates the highly capable RDS team and product offering with the technology portfolio of Canrig, Nabors rig equipment subsidiary, and strengthens the development of its drilling automation solutions.

The RDS modular systems are applicable both in onshore and offshore markets, on new builds as well as retrofits.  The applicability of RDS’s technologies to offshore drilling applications provides additional opportunities to further develop Canrig’s global scale and customer base. The development of this innovative technology has received significant funding from major global exploration and production companies as well as industry and governmental sponsors.

Nabors operates the largest global land drilling fleet and by combining the RDS portfolio with the automation features of its Rigtelligence® operating system, Nabors is uniquely positioned to integrate and scale this technology into its global rig footprint. This expanded capability will enable Nabors to further improve operational efficiency and drilling performance offering a superior value proposition to its clients.


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