Oil Rig

Definition: What is an “oil rig”?

An “oil rig” is a “drilling platform in the ocean” used in the search for natural gas and crude oil in order to sink bore holes.

Various drilling platforms and oil rigs

Depending on the version, one differentiates drilling platforms as follows: drilling ship, tension leg platform (TLG), semi-submersible drilling platform, jack-up rig and the drilling platform standing on the ocean floor.

Directional drilling and horizontal drilling

In offshore drilling, directional drilling makes it possible to drill into deposits from the side and fully sinking deposits through horizontal access, completely developing them for natural gas and oil extraction.

Replacing the oil rig with the production platform

Once the oil rig has developed an oil or gas field and therefore fulfilled its purpose, it is replaced by a production platform.