DRILLING Drilling Equipment

Rig facility


The structure used to support the crown blocks and the drillstring of a drilling rig. Derricks are usually pyramidal in shape, and offer a good strength-to-weight ratio. If the derrick design does not allow it to be moved easily in one piece, special ironworkers must assemble them piece by piece, and in some cases disassemble them if they are to be moved. Derrick


Mast is a portable derrick capable of being erected as a unit, as distinguished from a standard derrick, which cannot be raised to a working position as a unit.


This structure used to support the crown blocks and the drillstring. Masts are usually rectangular or trapezoidal in shape and offer a very good stiffness, important to land rigs whose mast is laid down when the rig is moved. They suffer from being heavier than conventional derricks and consequently are not usually found in offshore environments, where weight is more of a concern than in land operations.

Catline Boom and Hoist Line Catline Boom and Hoist Line


A structural framework erected near the top of the derrick for lifting material.


Pipe Ramp 

pipe ramp

An angled ramp for dragging drill pipe up to the drilling platform or bringing pipe down off the drill platform.



The derrickman’s working platform. Double board, tribble board, fourable board; a monkey board located at a height in the derrick or mast equal to two, three, or four lengths of pipe respectively.



A small enclosure on the rig floor used as an office for the driller or as a storehouse for small objects. Also, any small building used as an office or for storage.


Electric cable tray

Supports the heavy electrical cables that feed the power from the control panel to the rig motors


Engine Generator Sets

Engine Generator Set

A diesel, Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), natural gas, or gasoline engine, along with a mechanical transmission and generator for producing power for the drilling rig. Newer rigs use electric generators to power electric motors on the other parts of the rig.



Fuel tanks

Fuel storage tanks for the power generating system.

Electric Control House

Electric Control House

On diesel electric rigs, powerful diesel engines drive large electric generators. The generators produce electricity that flows through cables to electric switches and control equipment enclosed in a control cabinet or panel. Electricity is fed to electric motors via the panel.



Water tank

water tank

Water tank Is used to store water that is used for mud mixing, cementing, and rig cleaning.




A device used to grip the drillstring in a relatively nondamaging manner and suspend it in the rotary table. This device consists of three or more steel wedges that are hinged together, forming a near circle around the drillpipe. On the drillpipe side (inside surface), the slips are fitted with replaceable, hardened tool steel teeth that embed slightly into the side of the pipe. The outsides of the slips are tapered to match the taper of the rotary table.





The large wrenches used for turning when making up or breaking out drill pipe, casing, tubing, or other pipe; variously called casing tongs, rotary tongs, and so forth according to the specific use. Power tongs are pneumatically or hydraulically operated tools that spin the pipe up and, in some instances, apply the final makeup torque.




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  • It was interesting to learn about all of the different parts of an oil rig. I had no idea that there were so many components that worked together to bring oil out of the ground. One thing that looked really impressive were the tongs. In the picture that you have posted, the tong looks huge in comparison to the operator standing next to it. Great post, thanks for the information!