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Offshore Bonanza: Jim Moffat, Lamprell

The Hamriyah facility (in Sharjah) is purpose-built for new build construction and refurbishment for offshore drilling rigs, land drilling rigs, wind farm installation vessels, and oil and gas structures.

Jim Moffat, chief executive officer of UAE-based oil and gas construction and engineering group Lamprell, says offshore drilling rig construction in the Middle East is booming.

What are your company’s main activities in the oil and gas industry and the region?

Lamprell, based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and with operations throughout the region, has played a prominent role in the development of the energy industry in the Middle East for more than 35 years and is the regional market leader in the rig construction business. Lamprell is a leading provider of diversified engineering and contracting services to the onshore and offshore oil and gas and renewable energy industries and, since its initial public offering in 2006, it has established leading market positions in the construction of shallow-water drilling jackup rigs, liftboats, land rigs and rig refurbishment, as well as an international reputation for complex onshore and offshore process modules and topsides. Lamprell employs approximately 10,000 people across multiple facilities, with its primary facilities located in Hamriyah, Sharjah, and Jebel Ali, all of which are in the UAE. In addition, the group has facilities in Saudi Arabia through a joint venture agreement and Kuwait.

What major operations are you are currently involved in?

So far in 2014, we have delivered five major projects, namely the NDC3 jackup rig Qarnin (to the National Drilling Com­pany); Nexen Petroleum’s production, utilities, and quarters deck for the Golden Eagle Area Development in the North Sea; the NDC4 Marawwah jackup rig; the Seajacks Hydra jackup vessel; and, most recently, the Millennium Offshore Services’ major rig refurbishment project. We still have the Leighton and Jalilah B offshore construction projects to deliver in the third quarter of this year as well as the EDC2 (to the Eurasia Drilling Company) and NDC5 newbuild jackups in the fourth quarter. We also currently have eight rig refurbishment projects, all of which will be delivered in 2014 to suit client’s operating schedules.

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Offshore Bonanza: Jim Moffat, Lamprell

Abdelghani Henni, JPT Middle East Staff Writer

01 September 2014

Volume: 66 | Issue: 9

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