Lamprell’s business started in 1976 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) when members of the Lamprell family moved to Dubai. For the first two decades the company focused on small offshore energy sector projects ranging from repair and modification of drilling rigs, accommodation modules and land camps to the overhaul of cranes, winches and other rig machinery. Lamprell commenced its first accommodation jack-up rig conversion in 1989 and the refurbishment of its first jack-up drilling rig in 1992.
The Company continued to focus its efforts on the jackup rig refurbishment market, growing into one of the world’s leading rig repair yards. Diversification into the new build construction market for the offshore oil and gas sector commenced in the year 2000, with the fabrication of a number of complex topsides process modules and turret assemblies for several high-profile FPSO projects, resulting in the opening of a custom built fabrication facility in the Jebel Ali Free Zone in 2002.
With continued successful operation in both Sharjah and Jebel Ali facilities, which saw huge company growth, Lamprell made a successful Initial Public Offering (IPO) on the London AIM in 2006 and a final move was made to the UKLA official list of the London Stock Exchange in 2008.
In 2007, Lamprell combined its jackup rig expertise and new build offshore experience into the renewable energy sector with awards for the construction of self-propelled, self-elevating, dynamically positioned lift boats and wind farm installation vessels, alongside the first awards to construct new build jack up drilling rigs. This increased product offering required Lamprell to further expand its fabrication facilities and in 2011 the company opened another custom built facility, this time in Hamriyah Free Zone and also undertook the acquisition of local fabrication yard Maritime Industrial Services (MIS). To date more than 20 new build jackup rig projects have been successfully delivered.
Lamprell’s reputation was again further enhanced in 2013/2014, with the safe and on-time delivery of its first three North Sea topsides projects.
Today, with head offices in Dubai, several bases of operation in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, and approximately 9,000 employees, Lamprell has clearly established itself as one of the world’s leading construction yards servicing the oil and gas and renewables industry.