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Qatar Petroleum awards contract for 8 offshore drilling rigs for North Field Expansion Project

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Qatar Petroleum has awarded contracts for a total of eight offshore Jack-up Drilling Rigs required for the North Field Expansion Project. The drilling rigs are planned to be mobilised and ready for drilling activities starting from January 2020.

Contracts for six of the eight rigs were awarded to Gulf Drilling International (GDI), while the contracts for the remaining two rigs were awarded to Northern Offshore Drilling Operations Ltd., operating out of the US. The contracts are awarded for committed terms ranging from two to four years, with exercisable options to extend the drilling programme durations if required.

The drilling programme planned for the eight rigs is a major component of the expansion project to increase Qatar’s LNG production capacity from 77 million tpy to 110 million tpy. The scope includes the drilling and completion of 80 new wells from eight wellhead platform locations. Contract awards for jacket fabrication were already made earlier in April 2019.

Commenting on the announcement, His Excellency Mr. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, the Minister of State for Energy Affairs, the President & CEO of Qatar Petroleum, said: “This award package is the latest in a series of steps in Qatar Petroleum’s plan to execute the North Field Expansion project. We are pleased to have our National Drilling company GDI take part in this important project.”

Al-Kaabi added: “this award is another important milestone towards delivering on QP’s long term strategy of increasing Qatar’s LNG production capacity from 77 million tpy to 110 million tpy, which is progressing well and according to plan on all fronts.”

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