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Lamprell delivers fifth jack-up rig to NDC in Abu Dhabi

18th December 2014

Lamprell has completed the construction of the Shuwehat jack-up drilling rig, and delivery it to Abu Dhabi’s National Drilling Company (NDC)

Lamprell has completed the construction of the Shuwehat jack-up drilling rig, and delivery it to Abu Dhabi’s National Drilling Company (NDC)
The contract for the Shuwehat rig was signed in April 2012, and is the fifth in a series of eight rigs of LeTourneau Super 116E (Enhanced) Class design which are being built and delivered by Lamprell to NDC

“Lamprell’s project execution this year continues to be of the highest standards and I am pleased to announce the delivery of this fifth jack-up rig to NDC, our long-standing client,” said Jim Moffat, Lamprell CEO.

Lamprell received a new contract award from NDC on 12 November for the construction of two further jack-up drilling rigs of a similar design and high specification, valued at approximately USD 365m.

“Today, we proudly witness the completion of rig Shuwehat, a true technological marvel,” said Abdalla Saeed Al Suwaidi, NDC chief executive officer.

“This rig represents a great addition to the NDC fleet of modern rigs, and it will help the company maintain the highest levels of reliability and efficiency. A few years back, we partnered with Lamprell to start building offshore jack up rigs in the UAE. We are proud that we made such a strategic decision, and the four previous rigs, namely Makasib, Muhaiyimat, Qarnin, and Marawwah are working safely and drilling for ADMA-OPCO.”

The contract for the Shuwehat rig was signed in April 2012, and is the fifth in a series of eight rigs of LeTourneau Super 116E (Enhanced) Class design which are being built and delivered by Lamprell to NDC.

This latest rig has been delivered to the client following the completion of the third and fourth rigs, the Qarnin and the Marawwah respectively, earlier this year. Lamprell has achieved another company record with the delivery of three drilling units to one client in a single year.

“While we aspire to achieve our future objectives, and as we celebrate our current achievements, I’d like to extend sincere appreciation to ADNOC higher management and the NDC board of directors for their guidance and continuous support,” added Suwaidi.

The Shuwehat rig is the 11th Super 116E jack-up drilling unit that the group has delivered to various clients during the last six years.

The jack-up rig was officially named, and completion marked, at a ceremony held at Lamprell’s Hamriyah facility in the United Arab Emirates earlier today, prior to departure for operations at its drilling location in Abu Dhabi.

 “We have been able to prove once again our ability to complete a major project to world-class standards of safety and quality, and we are proud to construct this latest project in the UAE, for use in the UAE, where we have such strong ties,” added Moffat.

“The Shuwehat rig is the third rig handed over to NDC in 2014 and we are scheduled to deliver the next NDC rig to the client within a matter of months. We believe that the recent contract award of two rigs with three options by NDC demonstrates our client’s continuing confidence in our ability to maintain our strong project execution track record on a consistent basis and we look forward to working closely with NDC in the coming years.”

 

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