Lamprell keeps delivering jackup rigs despite oil drop

Lamprell has delivered jackup drilling rig Butinah to NDC continuing highly successful partnership
Lamprell has delivered jackup drilling rig Butinah to NDC continuing highly successful partnership
Lamprell has delivered jackup drilling rig Butinah to NDC continuing highly successful partnership

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Lamprell has completed construction on the jackup drilling rig, Butinah, which was this week delivered to Abu Dhabi’s National Drilling Company (NDC).

The delivery comes just one week after NDC exercised one of its existing options and awarded a further contract to Lamprell to build a ninth rig in the series.

Butinah departed Lamprell’s Hamriyah facility on 1 May, and was sailing to its drilling location in the Zakum Field off Abu Dhabi at the time of writing.

The contract for the construction of Butinah was signed in April 2012, she is the sixth in a series of nine rigs being built and delivered by Lamprell to NDC.

All nine rigs have been or will be designed according to the Cameron LeTourneau Super 116E (Enhanced) Class design. All six rigs built thus far are on charter to the ADNOC group of companies.

Butinah is the 27th new build jackup rig built by Lamprell for various clients and its fourteenth Super 116E jackup drilling unit.

NDC also has further options for Lamprell to build up to an additional two jackup rigs, which have been extended to the third quarter of this year.

“Our partnership with Lamprell to build offshore jackup rigs in the UAE has made us the first and only Middle Eastern country capable of building such critical engineering, high-tech oil and gas rigs,” says NDC CEO Abdalla Saeed Al Suwaidi. “I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to ADNOC higher management and the NDC Board of Directors for their guidance and continuous support.”

Jim Moffat, CEO, Lamprell, said the rig had been built within budget, with 4-million man-hours and not a single day away from work case, underscoring the shipyard’s reliability and health and safety culture.

“This is the third major delivery of its kind for Lamprell in 2015 and is testament to our excellent capabilities in project execution for major projects, confirming our key role in the global energy industry,” he said.

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