PPL Shipyard on Schedule to Deliver Aban VIII

Sembcorp Marine's subsidiaries, PPL Shipyard Ltd and Sembawang Shipyard Pte Ltd, are on track to deliver a Baker Marine Pacific Class 375 designed jackup to Aban Singapore Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of Aban Offshore Ltd of India.

The jackup was christened Aban VIII by Mrs. Deepa Reji, wife of Mr. Reji Abraham, Managing Director of Aban Offshore Ltd, in a naming ceremony held in Sembawang Shipyard on April 19, 2008. The ceremony was attended by key representatives and stakeholders from Aban Offshore, PPL Shipyard and Sembawang Shipyard as well as distinguished guests from the shipping and offshore industries.

The Baker Marine Pacific Class 375 Design is a proprietary design license owned by Baker Marine Pte Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of PPL Shipyard. The contract is a joint venture between PPL Shipyard and Sembawang Shipyard Pte Ltd which leverages on the core competencies of both companies i.e. PPL Shipyard provides the proprietary design and equipment procurement whilst the construction and commissioning of the jackup are executed by Sembawang Shipyard. This specialized rig for Aban Singapore Ltd is customized to meet owner's requirements for operations in the Indian Ocean and is equipped with a drilling system that will enable it to drill high pressure and high temperature wells at 30,000 feet when operating in water depths of 375 feet. The rig has an accommodation capacity for 120 men.

In his welcome speech at the naming ceremony, Mr. Reji Abraham, Managing Director of Aban Offshore Ltd, said "The successful delivery of Aban VIII heralds a new milestone for Aban Offshore as we continue to build up our capability and our high quality service performance to our clients in the offshore industry. The high standards of quality, productivity and safety achieved in the construction of Aban VIII are indeed a remarkable outcome of the strong capability and commitment by both PPL Shipyard and Sembawang Shipyard. We are indeed very pleased with the results of our first collaboration and certainly look forward to a long-term partnership with both PPL Shipyard and Sembawang Shipyard."

Mr. Ong Poh Kwee, Deputy President of Sembcorp Marine and Managing Director of Sembawang Shipyard said "We are honored to be the chosen partner of Aban Offshore for the construction of their first BMC Pacific 375 designed rig. This is the ninth jackup to be built in the Baker Marine Pacific Class 375 class and Sembawang Shipyard's first new construction project in its West Yard location. We would like to thank the owners for their trust and confidence and more importantly, their commitment in jointly setting key performance targets in areas of schedule, HSE, Quality and technical innovation which help both parties raised the bar for timely and quality rig construction and redelivery. We look forward to furthering our successful partnership and at this time when the offshore oil and gas market is thriving and fast evolving, Sembawang Shipyard is excited by the opportunities of further collaboration with Aban Offshore as one of our most valued partners in the offshore section."

The Aban VIII is expected to sail for its long-term deployment on the Indian Ocean in May 2008.

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