APRIL 14, 2014 — Drydocks World, Dubai, has signed an agreement with Malta Oil & Gas Ltd. to build two new jack-up drilling rigs based on the Gusto MSC CJ54-X135-A design.
The jack-ups feature a triangular shaped hull with three open truss legs and rack and pinion type elevating systems. With dimensions of 76 m x 76 m and a leg length 180.6 m, they are intended for operation in water depths up to 450 ft.
The rigs will be capable of drilling HPHT (high pressure high temperature) wells. Each will be equipped with permanent accommodations for 150 persons, a helideck suitable for the use of a S61N or S92 helicopter and a retractable X-Y type cantilever carrying the drilling derrick.
Drydocks World is undertaking a strategic development in its rig business from repair and refurbishment and rehabilitation to newbuilding.
"There is a great demand for new offshore drilling rigs in the rapidly evolving upstream oil & gas sector," says H.E. Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman of Drydocks World. "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 specialized 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."