About Caroil


Caroil is an oil drilling company which owns 6 onshore rigs with capacities of between 850 and 1,500 HP operating in Africa.
Caroil, whose head office is in Paris, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the independent oil group Maurel & Prom http://www.maureletprom.fr
The company leases rigs (on a turnkey or day-rate basis) and provides associated services to oil and mining companies around the world.
Caroil’s priorities are the safety of the workers at its sites and respect for the environment, principles that it has emphasized since it began operations (see ‘Our commitments’).
The fleet is distributed across three countries: Gabon, Congo, United Arab Emirates.
Our teams are all trained in the field, and have acquired their experience on onshore or offshore rigs.


In the early 2000s, Maurel & Prom, as the operator of the Kouilou and Kouakouala permits in the Congo, had to carry out various drilling campaigns on these fields.
Due to the shortage of equipment and personnel and with no onshore drilling equipment available in Brazzaville, the Group decided to form its own drilling company and assigned this mission to Caroil.
Following the discovery of the M’Boundi field, and in order to minimise its development costs and guarantee the availability of drilling rigs, the Maurel & Prom Group purchased and built, as and when its programmes progressed, drilling rigs through its subsidiary Caroil.
Since 2003, Caroil’s fleet has grown continuously, from 1 to 6 rigs operating in Africa and South America.
In 2004, Caroil set up a base in Gabon.
Since 2006, Caroil has diversified its business portfolio by successfully attracting customers other than the Maurel & Prom Group, such as Perenco, Eni, Total, Soco and Tullow, and now operates in countries other than the Congo (Gabon, Tanzania, RDC, Colombia, Cameroon and Uganda).
In 2006, Caroil set up a base in Tanzania, where it is drilling a record-setting 4,300 m well.
In 2011, Caroil was bought by the Canadian group Tuscany International Drilling.
In 2012, Caroil participated in Total’s exploration campaign in Uganda.
In December 2013, Maurel & Prom bought Carol Africa by selling its rigs operating in South America.



Philippe Corlay - Chairman

A graduate of Hautes Etudes Industrielles in Lille and the School of Petroleum and Engines, Philippe Corlay began his career in the Deposit Department of Beicip-Franlab before joining the French Petroleum Institute, where he became head of the Assisted Recovery Project Hydrocarbons. It is then the Coparex Technical Director from 1998 to 2003, when he joined Maurel & Prom where he takes responsibility for Production Manager in 2008 and the Director of Operations in 2013. He is currently Chairman of Caroil.

Steve Lamet - Chief Executive Officer

Steve has more than 24 years of experience from working at Schlumberger, starting as a trainee engineer in 1995, then Transocean during 17 years, where he occupied various operational, training and HR, positions starting from rig side ones in drilling department up to Rig Manager based in Nigeria, passing by HR and trainee management. Steve worked in various geographical location in West Africa countries, also Egypt, Brazil, Hungary, Scotland, Kenya, Mozambique, then held a wide variety of key operational roles with his most recent position as International Operation Manager for Société de maintenance Petroliére prior to joining Caroil. Steve has a B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering and Engineer Technical Diploma in industrial Automation.

Our customers

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