Sustainability - Drilling


Committed to environmental and social stewardship

For more than 50 years, ADNOC Drilling has drilled wells to enable ADNOC to sustainably unlock Abu Dhabi’s oil and gas wealth for the benefit of the nation. We have done so by reinforcing ADNOC’s long-standing commitment to environmental and social stewardship across our areas of operation. 

As part of this, we are committed to making our contribution to ADNOC’s 2030 target to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity by 25%. We have already cut overall ADNOC Drilling CO2 emissions by nearly 130,000 tons and diesel consumption by 12 million gallons through energy efficiency initiatives in the last five years. Equally, we adhere to ADNOC’s pledge to use less than 0.5% fresh water and have been recycling our treated wastewater in mobile camps in the last two years.  

As a responsible operator, we also utilize advanced, record-breaking horizontal and directional drilling methods or cluster drilling techniques. These let us drill more efficiently and continue to reduce our ecological footprint, while our nine state-of-the-art island ‘walking’ rigs reduce the need for use of offshore jack-up rigs, lowering impact on our marine environment. Those achievements are cemented by investing in a locally trained, highly-skilled, Emirati-led, and diverse workforce, adhering to industry-leading HSE standards and governance, while pursuing innovative, technologically-focused and sustainable drilling practices.  

Developing industry jobs is supplemented by our continued investments, big and small, in all strata of the diversifying UAE economy, from AED 7 billion for construction of UAE-built rigs, to the design and manufacture of home-grown pumping equipment worth AED 43 million.  

Contributing to ADNOC’s wider 2030 targets to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity by 25%

Our energy efficiency initiatives 2014-2020

147,000 tons

reduction in CO2 emissions

13.6 million gallons

reduction in diesel consumption


We believe that we have a responsibility to protect the health and safety of our people, minimize the consumption of resources and control emissions to ensure a sustainable ecosystem for future generations.

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Social Responsibility

We are committed to fostering an inclusive culture and implementing workforce diversity. Ensuring fairness, equality and diversity in recruiting, compensating, motivating, retaining, and promoting employees is essential to us.

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