Nabors Uses Fully Automated Rig to Drill First Well in Permian Basin

The world's first fully automated rig is designed to improve operational drilling efficiency and increase worker safety.

Hart Energy Staff

In August, Nabors Industries announced the launch of its first and only fully operating robotic rig in the Midland County. (Source: Nabors Industries)

Nabors Industries Ltd. has announced the completion of its first well using its world's first fully automated land drilling rig. The global oil and gas drilling contractor said Oct. 7 that its PACE-R801 rig reached total depth on a horizontal well for Exxon Mobil in the Permian Basin.

XTO Energy, a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil, contracted PACE-R801 to drill three horizontal wells on a test pad in Midland County, Texas, as part of its own R&D efforts and commitment to safe, efficient and responsible operations.

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