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Maritime Industrial MENA drill rigs on track
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Friday, 10 Apr 2009
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Pipeline Dubai quoted UAE based Offshore fabricator Maritime Industrial Services as saying that the two newbuild rigs, Hulls 109 and 110 are moving ahead on schedule for delivery next year.

MIS last week marked two milestones on its sixth and seventh jack up rigs to be built with the keel laying for Hull 109 and steel cutting for Hull 110. Both rigs are being built for the First Energy Bank of Bahrain an Islamic investment bank licensed by the Central Bank of Bahrain and headquartered in Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain.

Noble Denton Middle East is MENAdrill's strategic partner and is representing FEB on the project management for the MENAdrill rigs. The Noble Denton team is currently fully set up at MIS' Sharjah yard to carry out plan approval and construction supervision.

MIS said that the two rigs, Hulls 109 and 110 are progressing according to the scheduled delivery dates of September 30th and December 31st 2010, respectively.

Mr Kevin Hudson CEO of MIS Group said that “We're very pleased with the progress on these two rigs. This shows clear evidence of the learning curve that MIS benefited from on its first two rigs.”

Mr John McCormack Noble Denton's Manager of Construction Projects said that "Having the team set up to work side by side with MIS has proved a successful formula leading to the project progressing smoothly and we are looking forward to the on time delivery for both Hulls."

Both rigs are being designed to a Friede and Goldman Super M2 design, with a 30,000 foot rated drilling depth and an operating water depth capability of 300 feet, making them ideal for offshore drilling in the Middle East and North Africa region and South Asia drilling markets. Each rig is fitted with accommodation for 110 people.

(Sourced from Pipeline Dubai)

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