Lamprell, a provider of engineering and contracting services to the energy industry, has completed construction of the jack-up drilling rig, Al Gharbia, and delivered it to Abu Dhabi’s National Drilling Company (NDC).
Lamprell said that completion and delivery of the jack-up rig, on time and on budget, was marked at an inauguration ceremony held at its Hamriyah facility in the UAE on Thursday, December 22. The rig will depart the facility in late December en route to its drilling location in Abu Dhabi.
The contract for the NDC Al Gharbia rig was signed in November 2014 and this is the seventh rig in a series of nine rigs being built and delivered by Lamprell to NDC.
All nine rigs have been designed according to the Cameron LeTourneau Super 116E (Enhanced) Class design. The company said the remaining two rigs are proceeding on schedule and will be delivered as planned in 2017.
NDC Chief Executive Officer, Abdalla Saeed Al Suwaidi, commented: “NDC launched this strategic project to maintain the highest levels of reliability and resilience, as well as to ensure that we provide high quality, cost-efficient, and versatile drilling services to our clients, ADNOC Group companies, without compromising on HSE standards and asset integrity.”
Commenting on the delivery, Christopher McDonald, Chief Executive Officer, Lamprell, said: “I am pleased to announce the completion and delivery of this seventh jack-up rig to NDC, as planned. Rig “Al Gharbia” is the 25th jack-up drilling unit that Lamprell has delivered since its listing in 2006 and is the fourth jack-up rig that we have delivered in as many months.”