Rig: Msheireb

Name Msheireb
Owner Gulf Drilling International
Manager Gulf Drilling International
Rig Type Jackup
Sub Type Independent Leg Cantilever
Jackup Type Standard
Max Water Depth (ft) 300
Max Drill Depth (ft) 25000
Dimensions (ft) 302 x 221 x 26
Leg Length (ft) 410
Competitive Yes

Current Location

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Region --

Drilling Equipment

Drawworks Type Continental Emsco C2 Type II
Drawworks HP 2000
Mud Pumps Type Continental Emsco FB-1600 Triplex
Top Drive National Oilwell Varco TDS-4S
Hookload Capacity (lbs) 1300000

Rig Construction Details

Rig Design LeTourneau
Rig Model 116-C (Modified 84-S)
Year Built 1976
Country of Build USA
Yard Name Vicksburg, Mississippi
Group Yard Name Marathon LeTourneau Offshore

Rig Contract Details

Operating Status Retired


29 May 2014

'Msheireb' goes to work for Oxy

Gulf Drilling International (GDI) ,a subsidiary of Gulf International Services (GIS), and Occidental Petroleum of Qatar (Oxy) have jointly announced that the jack-up drilling rig ‘Msheireb’, which was acquired by GDI earlier this year and refurbished, has been accepted by Oxy for drilling operations that are set to commence this week. ‘Msheireb’ will be the 3rd GDI rig currently working for Oxy with the rigs ‘Al Rayyan’ and ‘Al Wajba’ already under contract. Oxy’s President and General Manager Steve Kelly said: “We are pleased to mobilize our third drilling rig provided by GDI to support Oxy’s active development program. He commended GDI for the excellent performance of its rigs and looked forward to continuing to enhance the mutually beneficial relationship between Oxy Qatar and GDI. Mr. Kelly also emphasized the importance of safe operations and expressed confidence that GDI would continue to work with Oxy Qatar to maintain and enhance safety performance as the rig fleet expands.” GDI’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Ibrahim J. Al Othman said: “I am pleased to have attained Oxy’s contractual acceptance of the rig and note with pride that Msheireb would be GDI’s 8th jack-up rig to go into service. He added that with three of its eight jack-up rigs now working for Oxy, a fine working relationship has developed with Oxy, as evidenced by the Performance Recognition Award that Oxy gave GDI signifying that GDI’s safety, operational performance and equipment reliability was amongst the best of all rigs working for Oxy worldwide.” Mr. Al Othman further advised: “The refurbishment work has been completed and the rig will mobilize on schedule. The successful on-time commencement of this five year contract, valued at approximately QR865 million, is also very welcome.” ‘Msheireb’ is a very capable rig. It has a 60 feet cantilever outreach; can drill to a depth of 25,000 feet; operate in a water depth of 300 feet; and accommodate 116 persons.

20 Jan 2014

Gulf Drilling International takes delivery of the company's 8th jackup rig

Gulf Drilling International (GDI) the Qatar focused offshore rig contractor announced that the company has taken delivery of its 8th jackup drilling rig. The jackup formerly known as the ‘Vicksburg’ was purchased in October 2013 from Atwood Oceanics and has been renamed the ‘Msheireb’ by GDi. The unit will now be towed to Qatar where upon arrival it will enter a shipyard to undergo some upgrade work. After its short shipyard stay the ‘Msheireb’ jackup will begin a five year contract with Occidental Petroleum which was signed in November 2013.

8 Oct 2013

Atwood Oceanics to sell 'Vicksburg' jackup rig

Atwood Oceanics has announced that the company plans to sell one of its jackup rigs to Gulf Drilling International Ltd. The unit up for sale is the ‘Vicksburg’ jackup rig, which is Atwood’s oldest operational rig having been built originally in 1976. The agreement for the sale of the unit values the rig at US$55.4 million and the sale is expected to close once the ‘Vicksburg’ has completed its current contract in Thailand. The sale of the unit falls in line with the strategy being employed by a number of global rig operators who are looking to alter the structure of their fleets towards high-specification modern assets, through newbuild programmes and the divesting of existing units.

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