Safety & Quality with tradition

H. Anger's Söhne - Drilling and well construction company - since 1863

HAS Innova Rig


The Innova Rig has been designed in co-operation with Herrenknecht Vertical and the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) Potsdam. Its most noticeable advantage lies in the reduction of both required manpower and of operating costs.

Furthermore, Innova Rig is so innovative because of the possibility to switch quickly between different drilling methods. The rig’s high level of automation (“Hands-off technology”) allows for great adaptability and therefore ensures compliance with the highest safety standards. Consequently, H Anger’s Söhne has been working with this 410 mton drilling rig accident- and incident-free since bringing it into service in 2007.

What should also be stressed here is the advantage that the Innova Rig ensures minimal environmental impact:
  • Space needed for the building site is much smaller than the one necessary for conventional drilling rigs.
  • Reduction of noise regarding machines and equipment parts as well as the lack of the monkey board results in considerably less noise at high altitudes during trip action.

Thus, even a large drilling rig like this can be used to drill in an inner-city area, even in close proximity to housing. The Innova Rig is equipped with the most modern data logging system for a continuous recording of drilling and associated equipment parameters. Last, but not least, it should be worth noting that this rig, while being capable of pulling 410 mton, is still easily movable, a fact that guarantees fast working together with high availability.

Technical data

Manufacturer Herrenknecht Vertical
Exceptional hook load 4100 kN
Rated hook load 3500 kN
Height 51.8 m
Power 4000 kW
Draw workpower 1600 kW (max. 2000 kW)
Top drive 3500 kN
Special features Protection against noise and explosions
Mud pumps 3 x 1000 kW triplex piston

Depths and diameters

5000 m 8 ½ in drilling diameter
3500 m 12 ¼ in drilling diameter
2500 m 17 ½ in drilling diameter


Dürrnhaar (Germany), GT1 and GT2 Nov. 2007 – March 2009 GT 1: 4393 m
GT 2: 4513 m
Großbuchholz (Germany), Project GeneSys, geothermal research project 2009 3901 m
Kirchweidach (Germany), GT1 and GT2 Nov. 2010 – Dec. 2012 GT 1: 4937 m
GT 2: 5133 m
Traunreut (Germany), GT1 and GT2c 2012 – 2013 GT 1: 5412 m
GT 2: 5070 m
Freiham (Germany), TH1 und TH2 2015 – 2016 TH 1: 3.130 m
TH 2: 2.600 m
Cornwall (United Kingdom), Drlg. 1 und Drlg. 2 2018 – 2019 Drlg. 1: 5.275 m
Drlg. 2: 2.394 m
Helsinki (Finland), OTN2 und OTN3 2017 – 2019 / 2020 OTN2: 6.050 m
OTN3: 6.400 m
Malmö (Sweden) 2020 3.133 m