Lamprell constructs eighth jackup rig for NDC

The Al Hudairiyat jackup drilling rig will depart the facility in the next few weeks en route to its drilling location in Abu Dhabi

This image is for representation purposes only.
This image is for representation purposes only.

UAE-based engineering and contracting service provider, Lamprell, has completed the construction and delivery of the Al Hudairiyat jackup drilling rig to National Drilling Company (NDC) in Abu Dhabi.

The engineering firm claimed it has constructed the eighth drilling rig within the schedule and budget of the owner, the rig will depart the facility in the next few weeks en route to its drilling location in Abu Dhabi.

All nine rigs have been developed in accordance with the Cameron LeTourneau Super 116E (Enhanced) Class design.

The last rig to be delivered is proceeding on schedule, which is expected to be during the first half of this year.

Abdalla Saeed Al Suwaidi, CEO of NDC, said: “The mega project of building and acquiring a series of nine world-class jack-up rigs has produced success after success, not only for the partners involved, but for the UAE in general.

“All nine rigs were built here in the UAE to the highest quality and international standards. The achievement demonstrates world standard capability and represents a great source of pride.

“NDC's partnership with Lamprell to manufacture offshore jack-up rigs in the UAE has made the country the first and only country in the region capable of building such critically engineered, high-tech oil and gas rigs.”

Christopher McDonald, CEO of Lamprell, said: “I am pleased to announce the on-time delivery of this eighth jackup rig to NDC, our largest client, and this helps to cement our deep relationship with this key customer.

“We have been able to prove once again our ability to complete a major project to the necessary high standards and we are proud to construct this latest project in the UAE for use in the UAE, where we have such strong ties.

“This is the twenty-sixth new build jackup rig that we have delivered since we listed in 2006 and we are scheduled to deliver the next rig, also to NDC, within a matter of months, as planned.”

Lamprell delivered the jackup rig from its Hamriyah facility in Sharjah. The company stated that the rig was constructed using the latest drilling system technology from its suppliers.

The contract for Al Hudairiyat rig was signed in November 2014 and is the eighth such unit type from the series of nine being built.

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