More jackups sail into UAE yards

Offshore fabricator Lamprell says it is experiencing a higher level of rig refurbishment than in recent years, although average expenditure for this type of work remains low, on a par with last year’s levels.

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SHARJAH, UAE -- Offshore fabricator Lamprell says it is experiencing a higher level of rig refurbishment than in recent years, although average expenditure for this type of work remains low, on a par with last year’s levels.

To date in 2010, the company has worked on 29 jackups at its yards in Hamriyah and Sharjah, compared with a total of 33 for the whole of 2009. Lamprell’s facility in Thailand is undertaking a tender barge refurbishment project for MRT-1.

Construction activity for FPSOs remains depressed, although the company is building six process modules in Jebel Ali for Eni’s Aquila Phase II FPSO offshore Italy.

Lamprell still seeks resolution to financing of the Riginvest contract for construction of a Le Tourneau Super 116E class jackup drilling rig.

At the Hamriyah free zone, assembly of a new 250,000-sq m (2.7 million-sq ft) facility should be completed early next year. This will allow the group to undertake construction and refurbishment of semisubmersible drilling rigs and refurbishment of drillships.

06/07/2010

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