Lamprell has previously been awarded contracts by NDC for a series of eight rigs and this ninth rig will be of the same design, a company statement said.

The LeTourneau-designed, Super 116E (Enhanced) Class mobile offshore drilling unit will be constructed at Lamprell’s facility in Hamriyah, UAE, with a planned delivery in the second quarter of 2017.

NDC has further options for Lamprell to build up to an additional two jackup rigs of the same design, which have been extended to the third quarter of 2015, according to the statement.

James Moffat, chief executive officer, Lamprell, said: “I am delighted to be able to announce this new award from NDC, thereby extending our ongoing relationship with our largest client by way of a ninth new build jackup rig in the series.”

“This is particularly pleasing given the backdrop of a challenging market environment. We are proud of the continuing confidence that NDC has shown in our track record for delivering high quality work competitively and to schedule and this consistent focus on client satisfaction is one of Lamprell’s key strengths. We take this opportunity to thank NDC for this further business.

“With Lamprell now constructing a total of seven new rigs, we are establishing a reputation as a leading fabricator for major projects in the global energy market.  Our focus will be on maintaining the highest standards of project execution and using our competitive position to convert our pipeline into contract wins,” Moffat added.

Source: Trade Arabia