Dubai’s Drydocks World is to build two new Gusto MSC CJ54-X135-A-design jackup rigs for Malta Oil & Gas./p>
The triangular-shaped hull units (pictured) will be 76 x 76m with 180.6m-long, open-truss legs with rack and pinion type elevating systems and leg-to-hull fixation systems. They will be intended for operation in up to 450ft water depth.
Each rig will be able to drill high-pressure, high-temperature wells. There will be accommodation for 150 people, a heli-deck suitable for the use of a S61N or S92 helicopter, and a retractable X-Y type cantilever carrying the drilling derrick.
The Agreement was signed by His Excellency Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman of Drydocks World & Maritime World and Paul Robert Thomson of Malta Oil & Gas Ltd.
His Excellency Buamim said: “There is a great demand for new offshore drilling rigs in the rapidly evolving upstream oil and gas 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.”
Drydocks World is undertaking a strategic development in its rig business from repair and refurbishment and rehabilitation to new building, the firm said.