ABERDEEN-based oil drilling heavyweight KCA Deutag has won three contracts in Russia worth about $168 million (£134m) in total.

KCA Deutag said the first contract was with an existing client for five rigs, for drilling operations in two fields in Eastern Siberia. These rigs are expected to drill for varying periods of between three and four years, the company noted.

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The Aberdeen group said one of the other drilling contracts related to two rigs in northern Russia. It noted this was an extension to an existing contract, and would run until December 31, 2021.

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KCA Deutag said the third contract was for one of its land rigs to drill four wells in southern Russia. The estimated duration of this contract was five months per well, it noted.