GDI delivers third jack-up rig to QP in Qatar

dukhan gdiGulf Drilling International (GDI) has installed and put into service a new offshore jack-up drilling rig for Qatar Petroleum (QP)

Dukhan is the ninth offshore jack-up rig in GDI’s fleet and the third jack-up rig under five-year contract with QP, following rigs Al Doha and Al Zubarah.

Dukhan has a 75-inch cantilever outreach, 150-man accommodation, high volume centrifuges, high capacity for bulk mud treatment, and the capability of drilling wells up to 9,144 metres depth.

The Gulf International Services (GIS) subsidiary took the delivery of the rig from Keppel Fells Shipyard in Singapore last August and had it dry towed to Qatar in September, QNA reported.

While undergoing final commissioning and testing in Nakilat-Keppel Offshore and Marine (N-KOM) Shipyard, various third party equipment was installed and drill pipe loaded onto the rig to achieve QP’s final acceptance, GDI added.

Ibrahim J. Al Othman, CEO of GDI, said, “This marks the fifth state of the art cyber rig of GDI’s fleet and will serve to further enhance our operational capabilities while lowering the average age of our rigs. The inspection and acceptance process went very smoothly, allowing drilling services to commence early than expected.”

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