DUBAI, UAE – Drydocks World has completed a maintenance program on the jackup Delma for Abu Dhabi-based National Drilling Co. (NDC).
Delma is a cantilever-type, self-elevating drilling platform built in Brazil in 1983. The scope of work involved a complete overhaul of the starboard and port side cranes, steel renewal in tanks, and improvements to the high-pressure mud lines, stand pipe manifold and various pipes.
Pipelines were hydro jetted, and the rig was blasted and painted. The internal rig inspection and painting of the legs and derrick were performed using rope access.
Upgrade work included replacement of two life boats and davits and shale shakers, fabrication and installation of a BOP trolley beam, and renewal of grasshopper cable trays.
This was the first of two assignments NDC had awarded to Drydocks World in 2012. Earlier this year, the shipyard group had been working on six rigs simultaneously.
NDC CEO Abdalla Saeed Al Suwaidi said: “A reliable, modern rig fleet is essential to sustainable success; therefore, NDC launched a major asset renewal plan that involved investment in new rigs, as well as the modernization of existing ones.” More new rigs are expected to join the company’s fleet this year and over the following years, he added.