UAE-based rig builder Lamprell has completed the construction of a jack-up drilling rig, the Al Hudairiyat, and its delivery to Abu Dhabi’s National Drilling Company (NDC).
Lamprell said on Friday the rig was built and delivered within budget and as scheduled. Completion and delivery of the jack-up rig was marked at an inauguration ceremony held at Lamprell’s Hamriyah facility in the U.A.E. on Thursday, February 16.
According to Lamprell, the rig will depart the facility during the first quarter en route to its drilling location in Abu Dhabi. The contract for the NDC Al Hudairiyat rig was signed in November 2014 and this is the eighth rig in a series of nine being built and delivered by Lamprell to NDC.
All nine rigs have been designed according to the Cameron LeTourneau Super 116E (Enhanced) Class design. Lamprell noted that the remaining rig is proceeding on schedule and will be delivered as planned in 1H 2017.
NDC Chief Executive Officer, Abdalla Saeed Al Suwaidi, commented: “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 U.A.E. in general.”
He added: “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.”
Commenting on the delivery, Christopher McDonald, Chief Executive Officer, Lamprell, said: “I am pleased to announce the on-time delivery of this eighth jack-up rig to NDC, our largest client, and this helps to cement our deep relationship with this key customer.”
McDonald added: “This is the 26th new build jack-up 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.”