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GDI takes delivery of world class drilling rig

The rig, built in a record time of 15 months, will work in Qatar

The rig, built in a record time of 15 months, will work in Qatar

Gulf Drilling International (GDI), a leading drilling services company, has taken delivery of ‘Al Jassra’, one of the most technologically advanced offshore drilling rigs in the world.

The rig, built in a record time of 15 months, will work in Qatar.

The ‘BMC 375 Pacific Class’ Al Jassra rig, which has a life span of 30 years, will be pressed into service for Maersk Oil for exploration in Al Shaheen oil field, Qatar’s largest offshore oil field.

The rig will set sail from Singapore’s PPL Shipyard by April 23 aboard a heavy lift carrier. It is expected on Qatari shores by the first week of May.

The Minister of Energy and Industries, Dr Mohamed bin Saleh al-Sada, also the managing director of Qatar Petroleum, inaugurated the rig in the presence of GDI chairman Saad Sherida al-Kaabi, vice chairman Abdulrahman Ahmed al-Shaibi, CEO Ibrahim J al-Othman and other dignitaries.

Al Jassra is the first of three new offshore rigs being built for GDI, a subsidiary of Gulf International Services (GIS). The new rig supports the company’s growth plan, which aims at adding seven new rigs (three offshore, two onshore and another two accommodation barges) during this year.

 

 

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