GDI and JX Nippon sign offshore rig contract

rig-tsuda flickrAl Khor will commence drilling well JXQA-1 in Q2 2014. (Image source: Tsuda/Flickr)Gulf Drilling International (GDI) has signed a contract to drill JX Nippon’s offshore exploratory well in Qatar using its hi-spec premium jack-up rig Al Khor in 2014

The contract was recently signed between Takuya Wada, general manager of JX Nippon and Ibrahim Jassim al-Othman, GDI’s CEO.

According to the Japanese explorer, Al Khor will commence drilling well JXQA-1 in Q2 2014.

JX Nippon is the operator holding a 100 per cent working interest under Block A exploration and production sharing agreement.

Al-Othman said, “I am pleased that GDI has added JX Nippon to our growing list of clientele. Our exposure to another international operator will provide GDI with the opportunity to demonstrate our operational experience and crew commitment to achieve client targets, while maintaining high standards of safety and performance.”

Wada added that JXQA-1 was the first exploration well for JX Nippon to drill as an operator in Qatar.

“GDI is not only experienced in drilling offshore Qatar but also a highly-skilled drilling company. We would like to pursue a great achievement of our project in co-operation with GDI,” he added.

GDI is a joint venture of Qatar-based Gulf International Services while JX Nippon is a 100 per cent owned subsidiary of JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corporation.

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