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Turan Drilling & Engineering is a joint venture between global drilling and engineering contractor KCA Deutag and Azerbaijan drilling and integrated well services company, SOCAR AQS. Here is a brief introduction to our management team.


Fraser Abernethy

General Director 

Fraser started his offshore career with Loffand Brothers in the UK North Sea in May 1983. He worked his way up through the ranks to the position of Rig Superintendent while Loffland Brothers, through buy-outs, changed into Loffland–Nabors, Nabors UK, KCA and KCA Deutag. 

He came ashore in 2001 as the Rig Manager for the Ninian platforms before moving to international operations in 2003 on rig build projects in South Korea. From there Fraser moved to Sakhalin Island in 2006 and to Azerbaijan in 2010. He was promoted to the Operations Manager position in 2013 and took his current position as General Director in 2020.

Tomislav Klenkar 

Operations Manager and Deputy General Director

Tomislav started his career with CROSCO Croatian Oil Service Company in 2000 as young graduate and held numerous positions of increased responsibility during his 6-year tenure with the company, ending as Rig Manager. Managing mainly on/offshore exploration projects Tomislav had opportunity to operate in Europe, Central Amerika, Middle East, and North Africa regions. In April 2006 he joined KCADeutag Oman operations and was working his way through Middle East and North Afrika to Azerbaijan. In 2011 he joined KCADeutag Azerbaijan Offshore operations as Rig Manager and was promoted to the Operations Manager in 2017, following his latest promotion in Sep 2021 to his current position as an Operations Manager and Deputy General Director for Turan Drilling and Engineering.   

Tomislav holds a Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Zagreb, an executive master’s degree in business administration from Cotrugli Business school and a doctorate degree in business administration from the University of Liverpool.