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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.


Bob Petrie

General Director

Bob has 40 years’ experience working in the international onshore and offshore upstream energy industry.

He originally joined KCA Deutag in 2012, and worked as the Country Manager for the group’s operations in Sakhalin until November 2016, when he subsequently moved to Azerbaijan to take over the role of General Manager.

In July 2018, he became General Director of Turan Drilling & Engineering, a joint venture company between KCA Deutag and SOCAR AQS and in April 2019, it was awarded its first contract for the operation and maintenance of seven BP operated platforms in the Caspian Sea, offshore Azerbaijan.


Richard Carr

Finance Manager and Deputy Director

Richard started his career with a commercial apprenticeship in Thorn Lighting Limited, before settling into the finance function and qualifying as a chartered management accountant in 2004. At Filtronic, he had a number of increasingly senior finance roles, relocating to Hungary as a Financial Controller and then into a European Regional Controller role.

Since Joining KCA Deutag in 2009, Richard has worked as the Finance Manager in Azerbaijan, the Regional Controller for Africa and is now a Deputy Director of the Turan Joint Venture.



Fraser Abernethy

Operations Manager

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 then Azerbaijan in 2010 where he was promoted to his current positon of Operations Manager in 2013.

As well as Operations Manager, Fraser also holds the role of Deputy General Director for Turan Drilling & Engineering.