1. AKITA Drilling in Canada

Gardner Denver Pumps to be part of Canada's most powerful rig

July 1, 2014

A record-setting land rig is being built in Canada, and Gardner Denver pumps are part of it. AKITA Drilling is commissioning a rig that will have the most pumping capacity of any land rig in Canada. Three Gardner Denver PZ-2400 pumps with a combined 7200 horsepower are being used. Known as AKITA Rig 90, the highly technical, innovative rig will be placed in operation this fall.

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“When we were designing the rig, we compared a lot of pumps,” said Kirk Parker, AKITA’s Engineering Manager. “We chose Gardner Denver based on the proven design, reliability and fair pricing.”

AKITA Rig 90 is a highly automated mobile AC drilling rig. It will be used to drill production wells at a location in Northern British Columbia, Canada. The wells are among the longest land wells in North American history and are commonly referred to as “ultra” deep. Because of its depth and the horizontal reaches required, the land rig needed to have big pumping power. Using three Gardner Denver 2400 HP pumps provided a way to reach the required horsepower within the load limits.

“We’re excited AKITA chose Gardner Denver to be part of this innovative new rig,” says Steve Ratcliffe, Gardner Denver Sales Manager. “AKITA has a great reputation in the industry and is known for innovation with cutting edge technology. This closely reflects Gardner Denver’s core values.”

“We’re very excited,” says Parker. “Our customers are ready to see AKITA Rig 90 in action. We are confident they’ll be pleased with the pumping performance, and all the other technology we have included on Rig 90. We’re hoping this new rig is the model for future rigs in Northern BC.”  

AKITA Drilling is an oil and gas drilling contractor located in in Nisku, Alberta. The company is known for its technology, safe and efficient operations, and custom rig builds.  

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