United Arab Emirates-based Lamprell plc reported Sunday that it has completed construction on the jackup, Butinah (200' ILC), and delivered the newbuild to Abu Dhabi’s National Drilling Company (NDC) safely and within budget.
The Butinah jackup departed Lamprell’s Hamriyah facility May 1 and is en-route to its drilling location in the Zakum Field off Abu Dhabi.
The contract, signed in April 2012, for the jackup was the sixth in a series of nine similar rigs being built and delivered by Lamprell to NDC. All these jackups have been or will be designed according to the Cameron LeTourneau Super 116E (Enhanced) Class design. Butinah now joins its sister jackups, the Makasib (200' ILC) the Muhaiyimat (200' ILC), the Qarnin (200' ILC), the Marawwah (200' ILC) and most recently the Shuwehat (200' ILC) which was delivered in December 2014.
All of the jackups are on charter to the ADNOC group of companies, with NDC holding options for Lamprell to build up to an additional two jackups, which have been extended to 3Q 2015.
“NDC has launched this strategic Offshore Rigs Acquisition Project to maintain the highest levels of reliability and availability in order to meet clients’ present and future requirements. 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,” NDC CEO Abdalla Saeed Al Suwaidi commented in the press release.
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