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Engineering and contracting services provider Lamprell has delivered the offshore drilling rig Qarnin to Abu Dhabi’s National Drilling Company (NDC).

The company signed the contract for the NDC Qarnin jackup rig in October 2011 and completed its construction and delivery on time and on budget.

According to Lamprell, the rig will depart the facility en route to its drilling location in Abu Dhabi in late February.

The new rig is said to be the third rig in a series of six identical rigs that are being built according to the Cameron LeTourneau Super 116E-class design and delivered by Lamprell to the company.

Qarnin rig joins its sister rigs, Makasib and Muhaiyimat, which were delivered by Lamprell to NDC in July and December 2012, respectively.

Proceeding on schedule, the remaining three rigs will be delivered as planned in 2014/15.

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With the delivery of Qarnin rig, the company has now delivered to various clients during the last six years a total of 20 new-build jackup rigs, and its eighth Super 116E jackup drilling unit.

"Proceeding on schedule, the remaining three rigs will be delivered as planned in 2014/15."

NDC CEO Abdalla Saeed Al Suwaidi said: "A modern rig fleet is essential to sustainable success and NDC launched this major offshore rigs acquisition project to guarantee the highest levels of reliability and ensure complete readiness to meet our clients’ present and future needs.

"NDC’s commitment to creating steady growth, advancing operational excellence and establishing the highest levels of safety and efficiency have enabled it to become the reliable Abu Dhabi based drilling services provider that it is today."

Lamprell CEO James Moffat said: "The delivery of this latest rig is testament to Lamprell’s excellent capabilities in project execution in the field of new build jackup rigs."

Image: Lamprell CEO James Moffat. Photo: courtesy of Lamprell.