Qatar Petroleum contracts fourth jackup from GDI

Offshore staff

DOHA, Qatar – Gulf Drilling International (GDI) has signed new contracts/extensions with Qatar Petroleum (QP) for drilling rig services, each with a term of five years.

They include use of two new offshore jackups Dukhan and Halul, which GDI has commissioned from Keppel FELS under a $227-million order.

Dukhan, which was recently delivered, is expected to enter service during 4Q, while Halul is expected to begin operating during 2Q 2016. Halul will become GDI’s fourth jackup under contract to QP. The other two are Al Doha and Al Zubarah.

Like Dukhan, Halul will be a KFELS B Class rig with larger spud cans for reduced bearing pressure, allowing it to operate on seabed areas where soft soil predominates.

It will be able to drill wells through 30,000 ft (9,144 m) with a cantilever that can skid out 70 ft (21.3 m) from the edge of the hull to drill wells. Other features include a 1.5 million-lb derrick, 150-man accommodation, 7,500-psi (517-bar) mud pumps, a 15,000-psi (1,034-bar) choke manifold, offline building stands, a centrifuge system for solids control, extra bulk hoppers on deck, and 10,000-hp power packages.


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