GDI snaps up ENSCO jack-up rig
Three-legged Hitachi cantilevered drilling rig to be deployed in Qatar
Qatari company Gulf Drilling International (GDI) has today announced that it purchased from Ensco Offshore International company a jack-up drilling rig known as “ENSCO-95” on 22 June.
The rig is a three-legged Hitachi cantilevered drilling rig rated for 250 feet of water depth. GDI purchased their Al-Rayyan jack-up rig (formerly the ENSCO-55) from Ensco in 2005.
GDI will have a full Special Survey performed prior to placing the rig into service in order to obtain a new Class Certificate. This will necessitate the rig being put into shipyard for a three to four month period where major refurbishment will be done.
The rig will be deployed for operating in Qatari waters on completion.
GDI is a subsidiary of Gulf International Services, a holding company listed on the Qatar Stock Exchange. Formed in 2004, GDI has a fleet of nine rilling rigs, all located in Qatar, consisting of five offshore jack-up rigs and four onshore rigs.