Vantage Drilling awarded jackup extension by Total in Qatar

US offshore driller Vantage Drilling International has been awarded a two-year extension for 2008-built jackup rig Emerald Driller by Total in Qatar.

The rig has been operating in Qatar for Total since 2016, and the new option is set to commence early in May 2018.

Ihab Toma, the chief executive officer of Vantage Drilling, commented: “We are very pleased that we will continue to work with one of our esteemed clients and keep our rigs working in this challenging environment. I thank our team on the rig as it was their performance that made this happen.”

Vantage Drilling has five jackup rigs in its fleet, four of which are currently contracted.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.


  1. The rig was built in 2008 and yet, apparently, it has been on contract since 2006! I think you missed out the 1 guys, it went on contract in 2016.

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