DCA Europe

Registration Members’ Meeting 2024

Members’ Meeting 2024

Drilling Contractors Association (DCA)


Wednesday, 07.02.2024, 03.00 to 06.00 pm.

Simultaneous translation: German/English


Hotel Patentkrug Oldenburg

Wilhelmshavener Heerstraße 359

26125 Oldenburg

Phone: +49 (0441) 4806000


Dear members of the DCA,

we would like to officially invite you to the ordinary members’ meeting of the Drilling Contractors Association (DCA-Europe) on Wednesday, 7 February 2024 in Oldenburg. Following the meeting, the DCA invites all participants to a joint dinner at the Hotel Patentkrug.

As announced the event will be held as a hybrid event.

You will receive the access data for digital access via the Zoom internet platform one week before the event by member information. We would like to take this opportunity to point out that each member company has one vote at the meeting. In the case of companies that are attending with several representatives, we ask you to vote in advance on who will exercise the right to vote. This is independent of whether the participation is on site or hybrid. Voting transfers are possible, but must be submitted in writing in good time (transfer for a maximum of 3 third-party votes).

Below you will find further information on three important agenda items.

As part of the preliminary planning for the annual congress in 2023, the board discussed the topic of the “shortage of skilled workers in the HDD sector” and what options the DCA has in this context. One key aspect of this is to make HDD technology more attractive to young people, especially women.

In this context a group of women from the industry has been formed, which will focus intensively on this topic in the near future. As part of the agenda item, the group will present its objectives and solicit support from the membership. At this point it should be mentioned that the board fully supports this initiative, which is so important for the industry and the many tasks ahead, and is grateful that this group has come together so promptly.

During the panel discussion in Leipzig many aspects of the HDD industry were highlighted in the current tense situation. Starting with the problem of lengthy authorisation procedures and general aspects of implementation through to technical aspects, in particular the upcoming challenges in the course of laying the power lines. Ultimately the topic of “personnel and equipment” in Block 3 made it clear that the construction industry, and the HDD industry in particular, does not have a shortage of labour, but first and foremost a very poor image. Too few young people from today’s Z generation are opting for the HDD industry, whether due to the challenging working conditions or simply because they are unaware of this innovative technology and its relevance to the energy transition.

The board believes that a first approach to counteract this is the creation of a professional image film for HDD technology. At the meeting of the DCA representatives at the board meeting at the beginning of November, Brian Jorgensen from Ditch Witch presented an initial concept for the creation of this film, which was approved in principle by the DCA board. This concept will be presented as part of this agenda item.

In addition to many upcoming “tasks and goals” for 2024, the board is also endeavouring to further promote cohesion within the DCA family. The association’s upcoming 30th birthday next year will be used to further promote communication among members and, in particular, to give the many new members the opportunity to make contacts within the association.

!!! Save the date: 20.06.2024!!!

Informationen about the registration

! Please note! The event on site is fully booked. Digital participation is still possible. Please contact Dipl. Geol. Antje Quante by e-mail.

! The registration deadline is 23.01.2024.

If you have any further questions about the event, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Antje Quante, Dipl.-Geol.