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GDI awards N-KOM USD 110m lifboat contract for offshore Qatar

24th July 2014

Gulf Drilling International (GDI) Limited, a subsidiary of Gulf International Services (GIS), has awarded two contracts worth USD 110m to Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM), a joint venture shipyard between Nakilatand Singapore's Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M).

GDI awards N-KOM USD 110m lifboat contract for offshore Qatar
The contracts were signed by Ibrahim J. Al-Othman, chief executive officer of GDI, and Eng. Abdullah Fadhalah Al Sulaiti, chairman of N-KOM

The first contract is for the construction of a self-propelled and self-elevating liftboat, which is customised for field transit operations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in water depths of up to 65 meters.

When completed at the end of 2015, the liftboat will provide accommodation and platform support services for a customer with operations in Qatar.

N-KOM has also been awarded a six-year repair and maintenance contract for GDI's existing fleet of jack-up rigs operating in the Middle East. The contracts were signed in the presence of His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al Sada, the Qatari minister of energy and industry. Also in attendance was Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, director of oil and gas ventures, Qatar Petroleum.

The contracts were signed by Ibrahim J. Al-Othman, chief executive officer of GDI, and Eng. Abdullah Fadhalah Al Sulaiti, chairman of N-KOM.

"Today marks an important milestone in the development of the State of Qatar's offshore industry with placing the order for the first built-in-Qatar liftboat,” said energy minister Sada. “It also highlights the impressive growth of our offshore industry and of the Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard."

"N-KOM has delivered a significant number of repairs for GDI's offshore drilling fleet over the past three years and we have come to intimately understand their requirements,” said Al Sulaiti, chairman of N-KOM. “Having already established ourselves in the ship repair market, our next step is to capture the robust regional offshore market by leveraging on Nakilat and Keppel O&M's expertise to provide quality and value-added offshore solutions. In this regard, we are committed to deliver a high-quality liftboat to GDI to support their offshore fleet."

Designed by Bennett Offshore, a naval architecture and marine engineering arm of Keppel O&M, in collaboration with N-KOM, the LB310- design liftboat can undertake a wide range of services such as well servicing, commissioning, maintenance and decommissioning of offshore platforms.

The customised liftboat is equipped with two deck cranes, a large open deck space of around 800 square metres, a helideck, and accommodation capacity for 130 persons. The liftboat also allows for a specially designed gangway bridge to link it to the customer's platform for emergency escape and other safety purposes.

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