Wagenborg Foxdrill Derrick Assembly, Modifications and Inspections, and Offshore Rig Moving and Conductor Driving

Wagenborg Foxdrill is Europe’s leading specialist in derrick assembly, modifications and inspections, onshore and offshore rigmoving and conductor driving.

Safety and quality comes first with us. Our commitment to extensive training ensures Wagenborg Foxdrill employees always meet the highest safety, environmental, technical and quality standards. Our company possesses the certificates ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004, SCC ** and IRATA. We are also FPAL registered.

Offshore derrick, rig moving and conductor driving services

We are the key specialist providing solutions in the field of (special) transport, lifting, conductor driving, project management, engineering, derrick assembly, modifications and inspections.

Wagenborg Foxdrill offers clients tailor-made and comprehensive service packages. Whether it concerns a single commission or a complete project package, we are your partner.

Offshore derrick assembly and outfitting services

Wagenborg Foxdrill rig moving crews are regularly involved in the erection and outfitting of offshore derricks for new build projects worldwide. A milestone was set with the erection of the Njord dynamic derrick with integrated flare tower in 1996. Since then, many projects have been successfully completed involving various types of derricks like static, dynamic and dual load path.

We have the know-how, qualifications and recourses to make your derrick project successful, from steel erection to installation of pipe handling and drilling equipment, quayside assembly to hook up on the rig.

Wagenborg Foxdrill derrick builders have IRATA rope access capabilities. This allows our technicians to gain access to work areas which normally require staging. The set-up time for rope access is minimal compared to conventional access methods.

Derrick modifications, upgrading and new equipment

Derrick modifications form a significant part of our business worldwide. We have been involved in upgrading derricks for increased capacity and/or the introduction of new equipment such as racking systems, etc. Whatever you need done to your derrick, Wagenborg Foxdrill has the experience and resources to support your project safely and efficiently.

Typical projects include:

  • Removal and reinstallation of crown block and/or crown mounted compensator cylinders
  • Derrick extension
  • Derrick beef-up
  • Replacement of guide rails
  • Replacement of pipe handling systems
  • Bolt changes
  • Derrick windwall and heat shield cladding
  • Replacement of vent lines

We have developed and successfully deployed an alternative hoist device to remove and reinstall compensator cylinders from derrick tops on semis and drill ships. This system eliminates the use of big cranes or crane barges.

Wagenborg Foxdrill also provides a complete derrick inspection and survey service. As a company that not only builds derricks but inspects them to, we can first identify areas of concern that could disrupt operations or be a hazard to personnel, provide corrective recommendations and then perform.

Rig moving and logistics services

A core business of Wagenborg Foxdrill is rig moving. We provide logistical services to the drilling contractor or operator to move their land rig or modular offshore rig from drill site to drill site. Rigs are disassembled, transported and assembled in an efficient and safe way, reducing non drilling time to a minimum.

Our experience goes back to 1942 when the first wooden land rig was erected for the Bataafsche Petroleum Maatschappij (later Shell) in the Netherlands. Since then, our work area expanded to Europe, Middle East and former Soviet republics.

The preparations done before the start of a rig move together with detailed plans give our customers the assurance that we meet their expectations. Each move is documented in a rig move manual comprising site visits, road inspections, resource planning, procedures, method statements and safety assessments. Experience gained during a move is used to update the manual and to improve the next move, resulting in post-move meetings and in sessions to improve rig concepts.

Our full-time employees are some of the most experienced and productive that you will find in the industry. Many of them have worked together for a number of years, accumulating experience on many types of rigs.

Wagenborg Foxdrill can mobilise state-of-the-art equipment for each rig move such as mobile cranes, trucks and rigging equipment. Most of this equipment is Wagenborg Group owned. For overseas moves, the expertise of Wagenborg Shipping can be called in, resulting in a door-to-door service.

Offshore conductor installation equipment

Conductor installation is another major activity of our company. Our involvement with this goes back many years. In 1984, Wagenborg Foxdrill introduced the IHC Hydrohammer for installations of conductors offshore. This hammer concept has many advantages versus diesel-driven types, for example, controllability of the piling process.

Over the years, Wagenborg Foxdrill has expanded the hammer spread. Currently, state-of-the-art equipment is available in the Netherlands, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan or can be shipped anywhere in the world.

To complete the installation service, Wagenborg Foxdrill provides the required conductor pipes as well. A ‘one stop shop’ package can be offered.

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Wagenborg Foxdrill

PO Box 404

7570 AK Oldenzaal



+31 541 580500 +31 541 580505 www.foxdrill.com www.wagenborg.com

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+31 541 580500 +31 541 580505 www.foxdrill.com www.wagenborg.com