ADNOC Drilling acquires 2 premium offshore jack-up rigs worth $200mn

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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ADNOC Drilling Company has signed an agreement to acquire an additional two premium high-specification Gusto MSC CJ46-X100-D design offshore jack-up drilling units, with a combined cost of $200 million.

The acquisition is part of the Company’s fleet expansion and growth strategy that is a key enabler of ADNOC’s accelerated oil production capacity target of 5 million barrels per day (mmbopd) by 2027. It has almost doubled its offshore jack-up rig fleet to 32 since early 2021, with further significant expansion expected in 2023 and beyond. This rig purchase adds to earlier deals for a total of nine rigs signed in 2022 and four rigs acquired in 2021.

Abdulrahman Abdullah Al Seiari_ADNOC Drilling acquires 2 jack up rigs
Abdulrahman Abdullah Al Seiari
CEO – ADNOC Drilling

“The latest acquisition of these premium jack-up rigs will support our key customer, ADNOC, in its accelerated capacity target of 5 mmbopd by 2027 and is yet another important step in the execution of our strategy to rapidly grow our business, significantly boost revenues and increase shareholder returns. It also cements our position as one of the world’s largest jack-up rig fleet owners. Our objective is to be operating a total fleet of at least 122 owned rigs by 2024, and at our fleet’s current, accelerated rate of growth, we will easily surpass that milestone. Our rig acquisitions will deliver exceptional revenue growth with strong profitability margins.”

Since listing on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) in October 2021, ADNOC Drilling has rapidly expanded its fleet from 95 to 108 owned rigs, as of 30th September, 2022. With the addition of the latest two high-specification rigs, the Company will operate one of the largest offshore jack-up fleets in the world, with plans for further growth.

As the Company’s new rigs progressively enter the fleet, ADNOC Drilling expects a further boost to its financial and operating performance to the benefit of its clients, shareholders and the UAE.

ADNOC Drilling continues to demonstrate strong and resilient growth combined with a sustainable and progressive dividend policy. As of today, the Company has signed more than $13 billion of contracts since its IPO. From the IPO in October 2021 to the end of 3Q22, the Company has delivered a compelling Total Shareholder Return of 53.7 percent.

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