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Shelf Drilling snaps up Aban jackup for $30m

Dubai-based Shelf Drilling has struck a deal with a subsidiary of Aban Offshore to purchase the 2008-built Deep Driller 7 jackup rig for $30m.

The rig is currently located in the United Arab Emirates and should be delivered in July this year following the customary closing conditions. 

The Oslo-listed Shelf Drilling said it would pay in cash and have a fleet of 31 jackups after the transaction is closed.

The Chennai-headquartered Aban has been selling off its drilling rigs, mostly to Middle Eastern buyers. Adnoc Drilling most recently snapped up the 2009-built jackup Deep Driller 8 for $28m, while ADES Saudi penned a deal to take the Deep Driller 2, 4, 5 and 6 for $106m.

Adis Ajdin

Adis is an experienced news reporter with a background in finance, media and education. He has written across the spectrum of offshore energy and ocean industries for many years and is a member of International Federation of Journalists. Previously he had written for Navingo media group titles including Offshore Energy, Subsea World News and Marine Energy.
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