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Thursday, September 1, 2011

AGR Notes New Drilling Technology and Growth Strategy

- AGR Notes New Drilling Technology and Growth Strategy

Thursday, September 01, 2011

AGR Group is embarking on a new growth strategy that will allow it to maximize opportunities presented by today's market conditions. The strategy, announced by Skogen at Pareto, focuses on new technology and closer working relationships across divisions and markets.

AGR Group is launching a new technology which enables safer, cost-effective drilling of wells where reservoir conditions require more precise bottom-hole-pressure management. The EC-Drill® technology, which can be used off both fixed and floating rigs, is expected to enable further growth across the businesses.

Skogen's Pareto address signaled the official launch of this technology, "As a leading provider of technologies for demanding drilling and well operations, we are focused on developing new solutions which can enhance our customers' operations. With some reservoirs located a further 5,000 to 10,000 meters below the seabed, it is imperative that our equipment can handle very high pressures and temperatures."

Skogen also plans to bring the company's drilling technology and petroleum services divisions together to form 'AGR'. He continued, "In addition to EC-Drill® we have developed a range of established and market-leading technologies, including the Riserless Mud Recovery (RMR®) system.

"Previously, our drilling services division operated independently from our petroleum services division. We are now bringing them together to offer customers more choice and flexibility and to allow us to grow the company."

As Skogen turns his attention to growing 'AGR' he is seeking new opportunities for AGR's highly successful Field Operations business.

"Field Operations has grown significantly over the past few years and is today a substantial business. Going forward, we will consider how we can best further develop Field Operations. This is an attractive business and we see a range of interesting opportunities."

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