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October 21, 2014

Offshore Oil: Lamprell Completes Caspian Sea Drilling Unit

  • (Jim Moffat, CEO of Lamprell. Source: Lamprell)
  • (Source: Lamprell)
  • (Jim Moffat, CEO of Lamprell. Source: Lamprell) (Jim Moffat, CEO of Lamprell. Source: Lamprell)
  • (Source: Lamprell) (Source: Lamprell)

UAE-based Lamprell said that it completed construction of the second Caspian Sea jackup drilling rig, Mercury, for service in the Caspian Sea.

"I am delighted to report that we have completed the second drilling rig for use in the Caspian Sea, not only because of the significant beneficial impact on this year's results but also because of the exemplary safety record on a highly complex project in a remote location," said Jim Moffat, CEO of Lamprell. "As a result of the close teamwork between the Lamprell and client teams, the project achieved nearly 4 million man hours without a day away from work which is a world class achievement. Our strong operational performance both in the UAE and Astrakhan allowed us to take advantage of the milder recent weather and complete construction activities on the rig ahead of schedule."
Completion of this rig is considered a significant milestone for the group, particularly as it has been built under challenging conditions but with an excellent safety record and several weeks ahead of schedule. 
In light of this and further to the Company's announcement on 28 August 2014, timely completion enables the Company to release contingencies held in connection with this project which will have a significant positive impact on the 2014 financial results.
Mercury is the second vessel that Lamprell has built for this client. 
Delivery of this rig will take place in the coming month and the rig is then expected to commence operations on its first contract elsewhere in the Caspian Sea alongside its sister vessel, the Neptune rig, which was delivered in November 2013. 
LamprellCaspian SeaJim Moffat
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