PNG 301
Introduction to Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering

9.0: Lesson Overview


In this lesson, we will continue discussing the drilling of oil and gas wells. In particular, we will discusst the major systems and sub-systems of modern rotary drilling rigs including their roles in the drilling process.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • describe and discuss the five major systems of a drilling rig:
    • the Power System,
    • the Hoisting System,
    • the Circulation System,
    • the Rotary System, and
    • the Well Control System (Blowout Prevention System);
  • discuss the role of these systems in the drilling of oil and gas wells;
  • list the sub-systems that comprise these five major systems;
  • describe the important sub-systems on the drilling rig;
  • discuss the drilling process and how rig activities and systems interact during this process

Lesson 9 Checklist

To Read Read the Lesson 9 online material Click the Introduction link below to continue reading the Lesson 9 material
To Do Lesson 9 Quiz Take the Lesson 9 Quiz in Canvas

Please refer to the Calendar in Canvas for specific time frames and due dates.


If you have questions, please feel free to post them to the Course Q&A Discussion Board in Canvas. While you are there, feel free to post your own responses if you, too, are able to help a classmate.