Orion Earns API & ISO 9001 Certifications - Change this value to a strong SEO phrase

Apr 13, 2011

Contact: David E. Villarreal
Tel: (361) 654-7330
Cell: (361) 455-1971
Email: dvillarreal@oriondrilling.com

Corpus Christi, Texas – September 18, 2009 – Orion Drilling Company announced today that it has achieved the certification requirements for International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2008, American Petroleum Institute (API) Specification Q1, API/ISO Technical Standard (TS) 29001, and API Specification 4F for the design and manufacture of drilling rig structures and associated components.

The ISO 9001 Quality Standard is an international standard that is recognized and used in over 175 countries worldwide. It establishes a common framework for organizations to document, control, monitor, review and continuously improve their businesses. By completing the certification to the ISO 9001:2008 standard, Orion Drilling Company demonstrates highly effective business processes, commitment to continuous quality improvement and a focus on customer satisfaction.

API is an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited standards developing organization. API standards promote the use of safe, interchangeable equipment and operations through the use of proven and sound engineering practices in the oil and gas industry. These standards, in conjunction with API’s Quality Programs and active involvement with ISO, form the basis of API certification programs. Orion Drilling Company has earned the right to apply the Official API Monogram on all derricks, masts, crown block assemblies and rig substructures manufactured to Product Specification Levels (PSL) one (1) and two (2).

“Orion Drilling Company’s focus has always been customer satisfaction and the delivery and operation of the highest quality drilling rigs in the industry,” said Orion Drilling Company’s CEO, Wayne Squires. “Orion Drilling Company is one of only two US drilling companies to achieve these certifications. We are extremely proud of all our employees and their commitment to quality. Our API and ISO certifications validate Orion Drilling Company’s continued commitment to quality throughout our organization and in every aspect of our business.”

ISO 9001:2008 certification recognizes organizations that can link business objectives with operating effectiveness. Companies that achieve ISO 9001:2008 certifications must demonstrate effective implementation of documentation and records management, top management’s commitment to their customers, establishment of clear policy, good planning and implementation, good resource management, efficient process control, measurement and analysis and continual improvement. Orion Drilling Company is expected to maintain its certification by participating in annual audits and complying with the strict requirements of quality standards.

Orion Drilling Company is a privately-owned, Corpus-based company with 280 employees. Orion Drilling has manufactured and currently operates nine drilling rigs in South Texas and Louisiana. Orion’s newest rig was fabricated locally and was commissioned in January of this year.