Drydocks World and Malta Oil and Gas sign jack-up rigs deal

rig-drydocks worldUAE-based Drydocks World has signed an agreement with Malta Oil and Gas for building two new jack-up drilling rigs based on Gusto MSC CJ54-X135-A design

Khamis Juma Bu Ameem, chairman of Drydocks World, said, “There is a great demand for new offshore drilling rigs in the rapidly evolving upstream oil and gas sector. Our strategy to contribute to the growth of this sector has paid rich dividends. We are delighted to have made definite inroads into sophisticated engineering and construction to support this sector. Increasingly sophisticated and highly specialised drilling rigs are being used for deepwater exploration and development and this is the latest requirement of the sector and we are fully geared to meet the increasing demand.”

Each unit has dimensions of 76 metre x 76 metre and leg length 180.6 metres and is intended for operation in water depths up to 137 metres, according to Drydocks World. It consists of a triangular shaped hull with three open truss legs, rack and pinion type elevating systems and leg-to-hull fixation systems, the company added.

“The rig will be capable of drilling HPHT (high pressure high temperature) wells. It is equipped with a permanent accommodation for 150 persons, a heli-deck suitable for the use of a S61N or S92 helicopter and a retractable X-Y type cantilever carrying the drilling derrick,” Drydocks World stated.

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