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Kuehne+Nagel designed and implemented solutions tailored to customer’s needs, covering a wide range of services.


Exalo Drilling SA




Designing and implementing solutions tailored to customer’s needs, covering a wide range of services.

Challenge: Transport of Drillmec drilling equipment to Pakistan from various locations around the world.

EXALO Drilling SA is a company founded in 2012 and operates in the industry classified in the Polish Classification of Activities (PKD) as: ‘Support activities for petroleum and natural gas’. EXALO Drilling SA also has more than 70 years of international experience from more than 25 countries on three continents.

EXALO Drilling SA is one of the leading European companies in the onshore drilling industry. The constantly modernised fleet of 45 drilling rigs is used to drill down to the depth of 8,000 m. The EXALO’s portfolio also includes a full range of professional bore-hole services which translates into the full complexity of the company’s offer.

EXALO Drilling SA is a global brand having its branches in Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Egypt, and Ukraine. It means a very large operating area. One of the important values of EXALO is an innovation of solutions offered resulting from its own research and development facilities and the most modern development laboratory in Europe. The result of such a strong scientific base is providing customers with the highest level of services.

In 2015, EXALO Drilling SA won a contract for drilling services and operational support in Pakistan.

For this purpose, the company was searching for the cooperation with an international logistics service provider to transport Drillmec drilling rigs to Pakistan from various locations around the world. The ideal logistics partner would have the ability to ensure proper coordination of the activities and solutions of various parts of the world at the right time and for a difficult trade location. In a tender, EXALO Drilling SA chose a logistics offer of Kuehne+Nagel Poland.

Kuehne+Nagel has met the high requirements of EXALO Drilling SA by customising solutions for the customer based on its many years of experience in the international transport and logistics. Employing 70,000 employees in more than 1,300 locations in 100 countries, the Kuehne + Nagel Group is one of the leading logistics companies in the world. In Poland, the company has been offering its services since 1992 and employed 1,800 experts in the field of logistics.

Kuehne+Nagel has designed and implemented global solutions tailored to customer’s needs which were intended to mobilise the drilling rig at one point in the world, i.e. in Pakistan. For this purpose, the company provided a single point of contact to coordinate the project and communicate with designated specialists in particular points of shipping.

The biggest point of shipping was to organise and carry out charters of a ship between Poland and Pakistan which required a high synchronisation of all stakeholders (the port terminal / Kuehne+Nagel, a ship owner, a sender). Important also was a meticulous approach to cargo-related additional activities, i.e. the proper cargo preparation and documentation for clearance, coordination and monitoring of the transport of individual parts of the drilling rig to the port, and preparation of transport permits.

Other activities, such as the organisation, coordination and supervision of trans-shipments in the yard, and between the yard and the ship’s side, completion of the operation documentation, and provision of comprehensive consultancy were equally important in the correct and efficient implementation of the project. And on the top of it was the provision of the full transparency of activities and constant information to the customer.

The punctuality and high efficiency perfectly fit the values of EXALO Drilling. To provide the comfort of our customers, we wanted a proven and reliable cooperation, therefore, the professionalism of Kuehne+Nagel Polska not only contributed to a significant reduction in costs, but also the quick and efficient commercial service.

EXALO Drilling

Due to the use of Kuehne+Nagel as a global logistics operator, EXALO Drilling significantly reduced the costs of the mobilisation of the drilling rig in Pakistan, and thus strengthened its market position.

The implementation of such a logistically demanding project completed on time for such a prestigious customer further raised Kuehne+Nagel’s credibility in the eyes of the customer.

Both EXALO and its customer were fully satisfied with the service and the professional support provided by Kuehne+Nagel.

In turn, it was an interesting and demanding challenge for Kuehne+Nagel that eventually resulted in its wider experience in the field of logistics services for mining industry companies.