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RD20: Oil, Gas and Coal Bed Methane Drilling

Atlas Copco Mining and Rock Excavation

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Enhancing your profitability is the focus of Atlas Copco Drilling Solutions. Continuous innovation coupled with proven technology help you improve drilling and non-drilling performance, reduce manual labor and enhance safety. The RD20 is self-contained, powerful and mobile. Drill functions are hydraulically driven to provide a combination of quick response and precise control. They are designed to deliver maximum productivity while operating as efficiently as possible, even in the most extreme drilling conditions.


Features & benefits

  • The patented carriage feed system delivers a full 110,000 lb (50,000 kg) or 120,000 (54,500 kg) of pullback (depending on the model) while providing rapid feed speeds as well as precise weight and speed control.
  • The tough, mobile, 8 x 4 or 10 x 6 carrier, depending on model, is completely self-contained.
  • A 380 HP engine and drive train move the rig down the road at standard highway speeds while providing ample power for off-road maneuverability.
  • The RD20 handles a wide range of drilling applications, including 3-inch (76 mm), 1,500 or 3,000 psi circulation piping.
  • The RD20 handles Range II or Range III (depending on the model) casing with ease.
  • RD20 II and RD20 III handles ”RD20” style external flush drill pipe: 4 ½” OD x 30 ft length
  • RD20 XC handles oilfield external upset ”Bottleneck” drill pipe: 2 7/8” to 4 ½” OD, Range 2 lengths


Technical description



Technical data

RD20 II
Pullback (Hook load)110000 lbf
Pulldown30000 lbf
Torque (top drive)8000 lbf
at speed0 - 120 rpm
CompressorOnboard
Compressor pressure350 psi
Compressor flow1250 cfm
Air piping1500 psi
Mud piping1500 psi
Deck engine750 HP
CarrierCustom tandem chassis (tridem optional)
Carrier weight (GVWR)*86000 lb
Nominal depth range**5000 ft
RD20 III
Pulldown (hook load)120000 lbf
Pullback30000 lbf
Torque (top drive)8000 lbf
at speed0 - 120 rpm
CompressorOnboard
Compressor pressure350 psi
Compressor flow1250 cfm
Air piping1500 psi
Mud piping1500 psi
Deck engine750 HP
CarrierCustom tridem chassis
Carrier weight (GVWR)*113000 lb
Nominal depth range**5500 ft
RD20 XC
Pullback (hook load)120000 lbf
Pulldown30000 lbf
Torque (top drive)8000 lbf
at speed0 - 120 rpm
CompressorOnboard
Compressor pressure350 psi
Compressor flow1500 cfm
Air piping1250 psi
Mud piping3000 psi
Deck engine750 HP
CarrierCustom tridem chassis
Carrier weight (GVWR)*113000 lb
Nominal depth range**5500 ft

* Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (The maximum operating weight including accessories and cargo)

** Variables include: Formations, pipe size & weight, drilling method and casing program

See the product in action


Designed exclusively for the RD20 or RD20 XC, Automatic Pipe Loader (APL) is a reliable, hands-free pipe-and-casing handling system that has a major impact on enhancing efficiency, safety and performance during the drilling process.

APL is a skid-mounted load that is simple to mobilize and rig up. A wireless control module and hands-free operation reduce manual labor, enhance efficiency and reduce pipe-handling time and cost.

Features & benefits
  • Self-contained, single load
  • Designed for RD20 and RD20 XC
  • Robust main frame with skid base
  • Separate APL power unit
  • Six-point leveling and alignment
  • Adaptability to broad range of tubulars
  • Wireless remote control module
  • Designed and built by Atlas Copco
  • Simple, rapid mobilization and rig up
  • “Plug-and-play” compatibility
  • Long-term reliability — less downtime
  • Maximum performance without impacting the rig’s hydraulic system
  • Solid base that maintains alignment and has adjustment capability
  • Expands rig’s application range, eliminates time and cost of modifications
  • Enhanced safety and performance
  • Compatibility with RD20 and RD20 XC global parts, service and training
  • “Single source” responsibility for rig and APL

Specifications table (see RD20 and RD20 XC Automated Pipe Loader brochure)


Atlas Copco Mining and Rock Excavation

800 732 6762

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