About KCA Deutag Drilling

About KCA Deutag Drilling. I started my career with KCA many years back and so I highly endorse the company as one to work for.

This company is a leading provider of drilling rigs, rig management services and rig design and engineering services, both onshore and offshore to the international oil and gas industry.

They have a primary role as a drilling contractor, and manages platform drilling rigs and also owns and operates a fleet of jack-up rigs, self-erect tenders and land rigs around the world.

KCA DEUTAG has its headquarters are in Aberdeen, Scotland. They have a major office in Germany, where the central technical support function is located, along with regional offices in key operational areas of Russia, Middle east, Norway and Caspian Sea areas.

They have a long track record of continuous drilling operations in several countries, including more than 40 years in both Oman and Libya and more than 15 years in Nigeria.

The company has a 100 year history of drilling and engineering activities and performs projects in some of the most harsh and demanding environments in the world, including the deserts of the Middle East and North Africa, the harsh arctic conditions in Siberia and Kazakhstan and also tropical regions, and also the tough conditions of the North Sea and Offshore Sakhalin Island in the Russian Far East.


KCA DEUTAG currently manages more than 100 drilling and workover rigs and is responsible for over 30 managed offshore platforms in the North Sea, Caspian, Angola and Sakhalin.

They also own and operate the North Sea’s only modular drilling and well workover rig, and have 10 mobile offshore drilling units (MODU) under management, including three jack-up rigs and also self-erect tender assist rigs. KCA DEUTAG owns a fleet of more than 60 land drilling rigs ranging from compact workover units to large 3,000hp drilling rigs capable of drilling wells in excess of 25,000ft.

KCA DEUTAG has been operating platform rigs in the North Sea for more than 30 years and in the BP/AIOC Azeri Field in the Caspian Sea, since 1998. They are the largest platform drilling contractor in the North Sea and Caspian Sea. The company is responsible for more than 30 managed offshore platforms in the North Sea, Caspian, Angola and Sakhalin.


KCA DEUTAG has 10 mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs) under management. The company wholly owns three cantilever jack-up rigs - the Ben Avon, Ben Loyal and Ben Rinnes, rated at 250ft, 300ft and 350ft water depth respectively. The Ben Loyal is currently contracted to PEMEX in the Gulf of Mexico. The Ben Rinnes is contracted to CABGOC in offshore Angola. The Ben Avon commenced a contract in offshore Gabon

KCA Deutag are also a part owner with Marlin Offshore of the self-erect tender rigs Charley Graves, WD Kent, Searex IX and Searex X tender assist rigs; and with Global Tender Barges of three more tender rigs, Global Sapphire (ex. Alligator), Global Jade (ex. Barracuda), Global Emerald (ex. Al Baraka -1). The Searex IX and Global Sapphire are offshore Malaysia, the Charley Graves is in Thailand, and the Global Jade is in Indonesia. The Global Emerald is under contract to Brunei Shell Petroleum and the Searex X is working for Sonangol in Angola.


For those who are after a first start the entry level starting position is a Roustabout. A Roustabout is responsible for carrying out general housekeeping and material handling operations for the drilling rig or platform. This is performed until sufficient experience and competence has been gained in the job and the person is classified as a Greenhand and the term is used to ensure that new entrants are placed with experienced crews who can mentor the person. The Greenhand intakes with KCE Deutag usually happen about three to four times per year, as and when required by operations.

Go the website Registration area! Register and submit your CV/Resume http://www.kcadeutag.com/

Essential New Start Requirements

Must be 18 years or more to work offshore

Must be eligible to work in the UK

Must have a valid passport

Must hold a valid BOSIET certificate (Basic Offshore Safety Induction & Emergency Training)

Must pass the interview. A detailed CV with qualifications and experience etc, don’t expect an interview if it’s all bad spelling and unintelligible. Your career starts or fails on the CV, so spend time as you have one chance to impress someone, make it good.

Desirable Requirements

Preference is given to candidates already holding Greenhand Certification. This is a five-day course run by various training providers which covers such topics as Introduction to Drilling Operations, Working Safely, Manual Handling, COSHH, Working at Heights, Helicopter & Helideck Safety and Banksman and Slinging. This course helps candidates gain an awareness of the lifestyle and duties associated with working offshore.

For the Interview

They will need to see your most relevant training certification (i.e. if Crane Operator, a copy of crane certification, if electrician, a copy of trade or apprenticeship papers) together with a copy of your passport.

They would expect you to come to the interview fully prepared and ready to talk through your CV/Resume which will include your experiences, interests and expectations.

Why do they go through this with a new start you may ask? well this is the stepping stone to future toolpushers and rig managers, this is a career step and not just a quick buck job!

They will want to discuss HS&E Standards and your opinions on safety culture? safety is everything!

They will look at Self Development and Potential – What are your goals? If you are not self motivated and have goals well this job isnt for you!

Communication Skills – How effectively do you pass on information to others? If you cant communicate then you will not survive.

Supervisory and Leadership Skills – How well can you lead a team?

Technical Competency – How is your knowledge and understanding of drilling procedures and equipment?

About KCA Deutag Drilling