Rig collapses in Qatar's Al Shaheen field

Incident occured due to damage on one of the jack-up legs

The rig was owned and operated by GDI.
The rig was owned and operated by GDI.

A newbuild rig has collapsed into the water of Qatar's Al Shaheen field due to a damage on one of its jack-up legs.

The crew escaped in lifeboats and no one was injured in the incident, which occured on July 5.

A spokesman for Maersk Oil, the field operator, said in a statement: “All personnel are safe and accounted for and no damage to Al Shaheen facilities has been reported.”

The rig was built in 2014 and is owned and operated by Gulf Drilling International, who said in a bourse statement it had suffered a “punch-through incident” and had been taken to the local Nakilat yard for repairs, estimated to take several months.

The rig contractor also confirmed there were no injuries and all personnel were safely evacuated.

The liftboat had recently undergone repairs including an overhaul of its jack-up system after one of its legs failed to elevate, Norwegian publication Stavanger Aftenblad reported.

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