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NDC receives new build jack-up rig.

ABU DHABI'S National Drilling Company (NDC) has received a newbuild jack-up, Qarnin, from London-listed Lamprell.

The Sharjah-based energy industry engineering player delivered the rig at a ceremony at its Hamriyah facility, and the unit will depart for drilling off Abu Dhabi later this month, Lamprell says in a release.

The contract for the NDC 'Qarnin' rig was signed in October 2011 and this is the third rig in a series of six identical rigs being built and delivered by Lamprell to NDC.

All six rigs have been or will be designed according to the Cameron LeTourneau Super 116E (Enhanced) Class design. 'Qarnin' rig now joins its sister rigs, 'Makasib' which was delivered by Lamprell to NDC in July 2012 and 'Muhaiyimat' which was delivered in December 2012. The remaining three rigs are all proceeding on schedule and will be delivered as planned in 2014/15.

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

NDC chief executive Abdalla Saeed Al Suwaidi said that a modern rig fleet was essential to creating and maintaining its status as a reliable drilling services provider.

"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.

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. We would like to express our appreciation to Lamprell for their cooperation and dedication throughout the duration of this project," he added.

Commenting on the delivery, Jim Moffat, chief executive officer, Lamprell, said: "I am pleased to announce the completion and delivery of this third jack-up rig to NDC, on time and within budget, to world class standards of safety and quality. The delivery of this latest rig is testament to Lamprell's excellent capabilities in project execution in the field of new build jack-up rigs.

This successful project delivery would not have taken place without close teamwork and the strong relationship between the Lamprell and NDC project and management teams. We look forward to working with NDC on the remaining three projects which are all proceeding well and as planned."

AWARDS CONTRACT TO CPTDC Meanwhile, in keeping with its pledge to support the role of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) in maximising economic and social benefits from the UAE's oil and gas resources, NDC is sustaining its commitment to progress and develop persistently, through expanding its rigs fleet substantially, so as to meet all current and future requirements of its clients.

Within this backdrop, NDC recently signed an agreement with China Petroleum Technology & Development Corporation (CPTDC) to obtain nine new land rigs, with a total value close to Dh1 billion ($272 billion).

The new nine rigs which will join NDC fleet during 2015 are additional to the 11 land rigs manufactured earlier by CPTDC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) and were received by NDC throughout the last three years.

Furthermore, as per the signed agreement, NDC has the option for obtaining additional rigs with the value of another Dh1 billion.

The agreement was signed by NDC chief executive officer Abdalla Saeed Al Suwaidi, and CPTDC vice president Fan Shehong. Present in the ceremony were member of NDC board of directors Omar Suwaina Al Suwaidi, senior vice president (technical) Mohammed Abdullah Al Raeesi, and senior vice president (administration) Anas Ahmed Al Qubaisi.

The signing ceremony was also attended by Bomco president Guo Mengqi, and vice president Hu Baomin.

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