MDS Acquires Schramm TXD Drilling Rig

Schramm TXD Drilling Rig

November 20, 2014 – MDS Energy Development, LLC and sister company First Class Energy, LLC ( are pleased to announce the purchase of their newest drilling rig from Schramm, Inc., a local, Pennsylvania based company.   First Class Energy took delivery of the Schramm TXD in October.  The rig is currently drilling its first hole close to MDS headquarters in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania before shipping out to Ohio for two years on a long term contract for a major operator.

“We are happy to announce the acquisition of our most recent drilling rig from Schraam” says MDS Energy Development and First Class Energy President and CEO Michael D. Snyder.   “The new rig is safer, with more automation and less worker interaction than other rigs.  It is also larger and more powerful, which offers more operational flexibility with today’s deep horizontal shale drilling.”

From Schraam Inc. website:

The TXD is the drilling contractor’s rig of choice for energy sector directional drilling and large diameter deep hole water well drilling applications requiring 200,000 lb hoist capacity.

Thanks to its patented Telemast® design, the TXD offers Range III tubular capability in a fully portable, trailer mounted package that can be set up in a matter of hours upon arrival to the drilling site. In addition, its small footprint dramatically reduces environmental impact.

LoadSafe®, Schramm’s fully automated pipe handling system is an integral part of the TXD package. When combined with hydraulic roughnecks and power slips to meet specific site requirements, LoadSafe offers the highest degree of operator safety available in the industry today.

Any climate, any terrain, Schramm rigs are built your way, delivering maximum performance and reliability in the most extreme environments on earth.

  • Up to 200,000 lbf ( 890 kN) hoist capacity
  • Up to 32,000 lbf (142 kN) pulldown
  • Range III tubular capability
  • Precise hydraulic weight on bit control
  • Compact 53 ft (16.2 m) transport length
  • LoadSafe automated pipe handling  system included
  • Rotation brake for directional drilling available