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Drydocks World completes major repair and refurbishment of NDC's Drilling Rig Al Ittihad

posted on 01/05/2014: 2692 views



Drydocks World yesterday announced the completion of major repair and refurbishment of National Drilling Company's (NDC) Jack Up drilling rig Al Ittihad.

The company has successfully carried out maintenance work on several of NDC's rigs and the numbers have increased over the years. Drydocks World received four orders in 2013 to add to the eight projects completed previously.

Khamis Juma Buamim commented, "This is yet another achievement as we continue to pursue our strategy and action plans towards becoming the yard of choice for the offshore industry in this region and around the world. The yard has drawn on its internal engineering resources and other specialised capabilities to deliver the milestones on this project. We are grateful to NDC for their continued faith in our services and we assure them that we will continue to maintain the high standards of service delivery." Abdalla Saeed Al Suwaidi, CEO of NDC underlined the importance of the modernisation projects of the existing rigs in raising the level of reliability and productivity of the company rig fleet.

"These major repair and refurbishment projects, along with the undergoing expansion plans to acquire a growing number of state-of-the-art offshore and onshore rigs are contributing significantly in advancing NDC's operational excellence and maintaining the highest levels of safety, environment protection and efficient performance. This will certainly enable NDC to serve its clients competently and always meet their operational requirements and achieve their satisfaction," he said.

NDC's CEO expressed his appreciation for Drydocks World for their efforts and commitment to Health, Safety, and the Environment (HSE) and Quality.

The repair and refurbishment package on the 61.87 x 51.21 metre rig included preload, void, bilge and diesel tank steel repair with nearly 125 tonnes of steel used to renew the inside of the tanks. A securing system for the rig floor was designed, fabricated and installed. In addition, inspection was carried out underwater.

The sea cooling line for main air compressors and pipes for barite tanks were replaced, the flaring line was re-routed, a 50 metre cement line was renewed and mud valves of the stand pipe manifold were changed.

The shipyard's Global Offshore Services has also shared its resources and experience in overhauling the cantilever skidding units. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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