Diversified engineering and contracting service provider Lamprell has completed construction and delivery of the Al Hudairiyat jackup drilling rig to Abu Dhabi’s National Drilling Company (NDC).

The company claimed it has delivered this eighth drilling rig within the schedule and budget.

Lamprell chief executive officer Christopher McDonald said: “I am pleased to announce the on-time delivery of this eighth jackup rig to NDC, our largest client, and this helps to cement our deep relationship with this key customer.

“We have been able to prove once again our ability to complete a major project to the necessary high standards and we are proud to construct this latest project in the UAE for use in the UAE, where we have such strong ties.

“This is the 26th new build jackup rig that we have delivered since we listed in 2006 and we are scheduled to deliver the next rig, also to NDC, within a matter of months, as planned.”

Lamprell delivered the jackup rig from its Hamriyah facility in the UAE. The company said that the rig was completed using the latest drilling system technology from its suppliers.

"This is the 26th new build jackup rig that we have delivered since we listed in 2006 and we are scheduled to deliver the next rig."

NDC chief executive officer Abdalla Saeed Al Suwaidi said: “The mega project of building and acquiring a series of nine world-class jack-up rigs has produced success after success, not only for the partners involved, but for the UAE in general.

“All nine rigs were built here in the UAE to the highest quality and international standards. The achievement demonstrates world standard capability and represents a great source of pride.

“NDC's partnership with Lamprell to manufacture offshore jack-up rigs in the UAE has made the country the first and only country in the region capable of building such critically engineered, high-tech oil and gas rigs.”

The contract for Al Hudairiyat rig was signed in November 2014 and is the eighth such unit type from the series of nine being built.

All nine rigs have been developed in accordance with the Cameron LeTourneau Super 116E (Enhanced) Class design.

The last rig to be delivered is proceeding on schedule, which is expected to be during the first half of this year.