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Axis Launches New Era in Well Services with Deployment of Axis EPIC RIG™

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Industry’s First Electric-Powered Rig Reduces Carbon Emissions and Fuel Costs While Improving Safety and Efficiency

Dallas – March 11, 2024 – Axis Energy Services announces its successful deployment of the oil and gas industry’s first fully electric well service rig on wells operated by Occidental. Axis’ EPIC RIG™ provides improvements in safety and efficiency, as well as the ability to run on grid power for reduced emissions and increased fuel flexibility. Axis’ EPIC RIG™ is currently reworking production wells for Occidental under a long-term contract in the Permian Basin.

“The EPIC RIG™ is easily the biggest leap forward for well-service technology in decades,” said Axis CEO Ryan Phillips. “Its deployment by Occidental signals the arrival of a new generation of well service rigs built for tomorrow’s oilfield.”

The EPIC RIG™ (Electric-Powered Intervention & Completion) offers a broad array of advantages over traditional service rigs.

“Expanding electrification is integral to Oxy’s strategy because it contributes to emissions reductions, improves efficiency, creates cost-savings and leverages technology to accelerate our net zero goals,” said Bob Barnes, Senior Vice President of Operations at Oxy. “Of all the advantages of the EPIC RIG™, we’re particularly excited about the different ways it can help us achieve our decarbonization goals.”

As the first service rig engineered around electric-powered drawworks, the EPIC RIG™ represents a major differentiation from traditional rigs with diesel-powered drawworks. The EPIC RIG™ VFD (variable frequency drive) electric motor not only delivers instant torque and smooth, consistent performance – it’s also more durable and requires less maintenance than a diesel engine, reducing downtime.

The switch to electric power has enabled Axis to reimagine the way a service rig operates. The EPIC RIG™ dynamic braking system replaces the traditional mechanical brake, the most common area for equipment-related NPT on a service rig. The EPIC RIG™ features a built-in PLC (programmable logic controller) system that works in conjunction with Axis’ CORE® data acquisition and analysis platform to give the rig operator precision control and enable automated safeguards that reduce manual actions and the potential for human error. The rig’s simplified design minimizes mechanical processes and eliminates common failure points for increased reliability.

Additionally, the EPIC RIG™ VFD house can connect to the public power grid through a transformer, enabling operators to leverage renewable energy sources, eliminate emissions at the well site and save significantly on fuel costs. The EPIC RIG™ also has the flexibility to use a range of diesel alternatives, including field gas and natural gas, making it adaptable to remote locations and various conditions in the field.

In addition to the rig currently under contract with Occidental, Axis is developing two more EPIC RIGS™ for launch later this year. One will be a completion rig for frac plug drill outs.

“We are very excited to have teamed with Occidental to launch the first rig in our EPIC RIG™ buildout program,” said Phillips. “This is a milestone in our mission to move the well service industry forward by driving technological innovation.”

About Axis Energy Services
Axis is an integrated well service company and the leading provider of plug and abandonment solutions in the U.S. land market, with facilities and operations across all major oil and gas basins. Axis brings together full high-spec rig packages with some of the industry’s most experienced crews to deliver a comprehensive range of services spanning the lifecycle of the well, from completions to interventions to P&A. Axis was formed in 2018 with the union of three leading independent well service companies and a mission to drive the industry forward through technological innovation. The company’s CORE® data acquisition and predictive analytics platform offers operators unparalleled real-time access to all critical operational data from any internet-enabled device. For more information, visit

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