ADNOC Drilling buys additional premium jack-up rig for $70mn

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
  • Follow author on
ANOC Drilling
Representational Image

UAE-based largest national drilling firm, ADNOC Drilling Company has signed a sale and purchase agreement (SPA) in order to acquire an additional premium offshore jack-up drilling unit (rig) for $70 million.

The company said that the cost of the acquisition is part of its three-year guidance on capital expenditure and strategic plans to expand its existing business.

The sale and purchase agreement is the third signed by the Company in recent months, with an agreement for two premium drilling units signed on 30th May, and another for one premium drilling unit signed on 10th June.

According to the statement, “All four premium offshore drilling units are expected to join the Company’s fleet by year-end, bringing ADNOC Drilling’s total offshore jack-up fleet to 28 operational units, one of the largest operating fleets in the world.”

Furthermore, the acquisition cements ADNOC Drilling’s position as the largest owner and operator of rigs in the Middle East.

Mr. Abdulrahman Abdullah Al Seiari, Chief Executive Officer of ADNOC Drilling, commented that “the acquisition of this additional premium drilling unit is central to our bold growth strategy and the rig will support us in delivering on our commitments to shareholders.”

“Over the past 50 years, ADNOC Drilling has grown in size, stature, and capability. Our position today, as owner and operator of one of the largest offshore jack-up fleets in the world is testament to the expertise of our people and the visionary leadership of the UAE,” Mr. Seiari added.

ADNOC Drilling’s amplified rig acquisition program is central to its strategic plan to substantially grow its business, significantly improving Company revenues and shareholder returns over the coming years, as per the statement.

Related: QatarEnergy awards $632mn worth EPC contract for its IC Solar project to Samsung C&T