The ABAN Group was born as a small engineering firm in Chennai, Aban Constructions, established by late Mr. M. A. Abraham in 1986. A visionary, Mr. M. A. Abraham began his career as an engineering professional in the Construction Industry with illustrious names like the Tata Group and Saipem.

The Group took giant strides into newer arenas of operation like the execution of high-pressure systems and cross-country pipelines for refineries and fertilizer and petrochemical industries. Inevitably, Aban ventured into the high-powered domains of drilling, power generation and IT Enabled Services (ITES).

Aban Offshore Limited (AOL) was established in 1986 when Indian entrepreneurs were encouraged to provide offshore drilling services to the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. (ONGC) to meet the growing needs of a vibrant economy. AOL launched its first contract drilling service to the ONGC in 1987 with two modern jack-up drilling rigs acquired from the USA.

By the 1990s, many private sector companies in India chose to exit the drilling business. However, AOL preferred to increase its focus on the sector with newer rigs, acquisitions and mergers.

  • 1993: Fleet Addition
    AOL purchases a 300-ft. jack-up rig from Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.
  • 2000 – 2001: Hitech Acquisition
    AOL acquires Hitech Drilling Services (India) Ltd., belonging to the Tata Group, boosting AOL’s fleet to four rigs. This also enables AOL to enter the FPSO business with the FPU ‘Tahara’ owned by Hitech.
  • 2005: Fleet Addition
    AOL adds two jack-up rigs (Aban V and Aban VI) and a drill ship (Frontier Ice).
  • 2005: International Expansion
    In line with its global expansion strategy, AOL launches Aban Singapore Pte Ltd. (ASPL) in November as its vehicle for international operations. ASPL, in turn, sets up 3 SPVs as step down subsidiaries, each equipped with a rig or drill ship.
  • 2006: Sinvest Acquisition
    ASPL acquires a 33.7% stake in Sinvest ASA, a Norwegian company with eight new premium jack-ups on order. ASPL subsequently completes the acquisition in stages, including a mandatory offer to all shareholders.

AOL currently possesses eighteen offshore drilling and production units spiraling us to a prestigious position among the top ten offshore drilling asset owners in the world.

We are driven by a vision to achieve far-reaching success in every field by developing innovative, integrated, enterprising and world-class services for the global market.

Aban believes in providing its clients an unmatched value proposition, through its proven experience, modern technology and diverse range of services.

The operations are manned by a powerful team of well qualified and highly experienced professionals with a rich proven track record of achievement and experience in both Indian and international projects.

With us, quality assurance and quality systems have been accorded the highest priority and today Aban is ISO 9001:2000 accredited.

Our mission is to be at the forefront, in the fiercely competitive business environment of today, through our managerial, technical and operational excellence, range of services and skilled manpower.

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Aban Offshore Ltd. enjoys the privilege of partnering with several global players in the oil and natural gas industry by offering them reliable, state-of-the-art drilling services. Our notable customers are:

  • Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. (ONGC)
  • Hardy Exploration & Production (India) Inc.
  • Shell Brunei
  • Shell Malaysia
  • Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (GSPC)
  • Hindustan Oil Exploration Co. Ltd.
  • Cairn Energy
  • Petronas Carigali
  • ROC Oil
  • Shell (South East Asia)
  • Exxon Mobil Malaysia

Aban Offshore Limited possesses twenty offshore assets including fifteen jack-up offshore drilling rigs, two drill ships, one floating production platform and a jack-up rig and drill ship each on bareboat charter.

Given below are specifications of our fleet :

Aban Offshore Ltd. strives to provide innovative and cost effective solutions in the challenging field of offshore oil exploration and production.

Vessel
Classification
Year Built / Upgraded
Max Water Depth
Jack-up Rigs
  • Aban II
  • Mat supported slot type jack-up rig
  • 1981
  • 250 feet
  • Aban III
  • Independent leg cantilever type jack-up rig
  • 1974
  • 300 feet
  • Aban IV
  • Independent leg cantilever type jack-up rig
  • 1983
  • 300 feet
  • Aban V
  • Independent leg cantilever type jack-up rig
  • 1982
  • 300 feet
  • Aban VI
  • Independent leg cantilever type jack-up rig
  • 1975
  • 250 feet
Drill ship
  • Aban Ice
  • Monohull Drill ship
  • 1959
  • 1,000 feet
FPU
  • Tahara
  • Semi submersible Floating Offshore Production Unit
  • 1973
  • 50-800 feet

Aban Singapore Pte. Ltd. (ASPL) was formed as a wholly owned subsidiary of Aban Offshore Ltd. to offer drilling services to large global oil and gas operators.

Vessel
Classification
Year Built / Upgraded
Max Water Depth
Jack-up Rigs
  • Aban VII
  • Independent leg cantilever type jack-up rig
  • 1973
  • 250 feet
Jack-up Rigs - KFELS Super B Class
  • Deep Driller 2
  • Independent leg cantilever type jack-up rig
  • 2006
  • 350 feet
  • Deep Driller 3
  • Independent leg cantilever type jack-up rig
  • 2006
  • 350 feet
  • Deep Driller 5
  • Independent leg cantilever type jack-up rig
  • 2007
  • 350 feet
  • Deep Driller 6
  • Independent leg cantilever type jack-up rig
  • 2008
  • 350 feet
  • Deep Driller 8
  • Independent leg cantilever type jack-up rig
  • 2009
  • 350 feet
Jack-up Rigs - BMC Pacific 375 Class
  • Deep Driller 1
  • Independent leg cantilever type jack-up rig
  • 2006
  • 375 feet
  • Deep Driller 4
  • Independent leg cantilever type jack-up rig
  • 2007
  • 375 feet
  • Deep Driller 7
  • Independent leg cantilever type jack-up rig
  • 2008
  • 375 feet
  • Aban VIII
  • Independent leg cantilever type self elevating jack-up rig
  • 2008
  • 375 feet
Floaters / Drill ship
  • Aban Abraham
  • Pelican class Dynamically positioned Drill ship
  • 1976 / 2007
  • 6,600 feet

 Board of Directors
Mr. P Murari (Chairman)
Mr. Reji Abraham (Managing Director)
Mr. P Venkateswaran (Deputy Managing Director)
Mr. C P Gopalkrishnan (Deputy Managing Director & Secretary)
Mr. K Bharathan (Director)
Mr. Ashok Kumar Rout (Director)

Corporate Office
Chennai (India)
Aban Offshore Ltd.
'Janpriya Crest',
#113, Pantheon Road, Egmore,
Chennai - 600 008, India
Phone : +91-44-28195555
Fax : +91-44-28195527
Mumbai Office (India)
Aban Offshore Ltd.
No: 8 & 9, Vikas Centre
S.V.Road, Santa Cruz (W)
Mumbai - 400 054
Phone : 91-22-26616016 / 26615905

Dubai Office
Aban Offshore Ltd.
Suite 310, Spectrum Building
Oud Metha, Dubai,
United Arab Emirates.
P.O. Box: 333956
Phone : +9714 358 4777
FAX: +9714 358 4333
Singapore Office
Aban Singapore Pte. Ltd.
No.6, Temasek Boulevard,
#28-01 to 05, Suntec Tower Four,
Singapore 038986.
(Phone: +65 – 65001300 to 9)
Fax: +65 - 62948540


Oslo Office (Norway)
Sinvest AS
Lilleakervein 31,
No. 0283 Oslo, Norway
Fax: +47-22064471