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Aban Offshore Ltd. Company History and Annual Growth Details

1986 - The Company was Incorporated on 25th September, and the
Certificate of Commencement of business was obtained on 27th
February, 1987.

- The Company was promoted by M.A. Abraham, managing partner of
Arab Constructions, Chennai, Asian Techs Ltd., Cochin, in
collaboration with Indian Offshore Inc., U.S.A., a professional
drilling company of U.S.A. The Company secured two offshore
drilling contracts consequent to Government of India policy to
indigenise oil sector and to encourage Indian joint venture

- The Company's object is providing and operating ships, vessels,
rigs, structures, equipment and personnel required for on-shore
and off-shore drilling, oil field services, etc.

- The Company concluded a collaboration agreement with M/s. India
Offshore Inc., USA for both technical know-how and equity

1987 - The imported rigs named as Aban-I and Aban-II were employed at
Godavari basin and Mumbai High respectively. The rigs struck oil
at few places in both the fields. The company trained all
categories of its national crew on a continuous basis which
brought down the expatriate manpower cost by about 50%.

1988 - The Company received a letter of intent from ONGC for charter
hire of a drillship (Five Star) for two years with an option to
extend the contract for a further period of two years. Necessary
steps were being taken to obtain approvals from the Government
for the said drillship.

- 9,38,491 shares subscribed for by promoters, directors, etc.
28,61,509 No. of equity shares then issued at par of which the
following shares were reserved and allotted:

- (i) 2,12,909 shares to promoters, directors etc.

- (ii) 15,20,000 shares to India Offshore Inc. U.S.A. Shares
reserved for preferential allotment were:

- (i) 1,70,000 shares to NRI on repatriation basis (all were taken

- (ii) 1,90,000 shares to employees etc. (only 18,900 shares taken
up). The remaining 7,68,600 shares along with the unsubscribed
portion of 1,71,100 shares from employees quota, were offered to
the public in May. Additional 1,69,200 shares allotted to retain
over-subscription (1,43,700 shares to the public and 25,500
shares to NRIs).

1989 - The Company bagged a manning and management contract against a
global tender from ONGC to man and manage 300 feet cantilever
jack-up-rig `Sagar Uday' in Mumbai High.

- Due to non receipt of permission from the Government for
acquisition of the drillship, the letter of intent was not

1990 - The Company continues to bid for more onshore/offshore contracts
in order to expand its operations and also to diversify into oil
related areas.

1991 - The Company received letter of intent from ONGC for charter hire
contracts of the two rigs, Aban I and Aban II for primary period
of 2 years, and extendable for a further period of 2 years under
mutually agreed terms.

1992 - The Company entered into a fresh charter hire contracts with ONGC
for ABAN-I and ABAN-II for a primary period of 2 years with
effect from 1st June and 25th April respectively with a provision
for extension for further periods.

- The Rig Lead Ansterdam was added to the fleet during March.

- The Company signed a Memorandum of Agreement for acquiring two
more 300 ft. jack-up rigs viz. `Chicken Itza' and `Uxmal' from
the present owners represented by ECGD, a Government of UK

- During November, the Company offered 19,84,600 No. of equity
shares of Rs.10 each at a prem. of Rs.60 per share on rights
basis in the prop. 1:2 (all were taken up). Additional 2,91,790
shares were allotted to retain oversubscription.

- Another 99,230 shares of Rs.10 each at a prem. of Rs.60 per share
were offered to the employees of the Company on an equitable
basis. (Only 32,270 shares taken up) Unsubscribed portion was
allowed to lapse.

- 23,08,660 rights equity shares issued.

1993 - Rigs Aban-I, Aban-II and I'le D Amsterdam continued to be on
charter hire contracts with ONGC. The Company disposed two rigs
viz., Chichen Itza and Uxmal.

- The Company undertook refining for production of petroleum
products. With this in view, it proposed to set up a refinery
with a capacity of 3 million TPA at Tuticorin. A modern refinery
was located at Calgary, Canada which was to be purchased from
Shell Canada.

1994 - The Company undertook to set up a 3 million TPA capacity
petroleum refinery.

- The Company diversified its activities to include harnessing of
wind energy. The Company entered into a tie-up with Kenetech
Windpower Inc. USA.

- It has also set up 2 MW wind power plant in Muppandal and
Kayathar in Tamil Nadu.

- 200 No. of equity shares kept in abeyance of rights issue of
Jan. 1992 was issued.

1995 - The setting up of a 3 million TPA capacity petroleum refinery
was kept in abeyance due to the severe liquidity crunch.

- The growth and performance of the wind energy division did not
show the expected increase due to severe liquidity crunch in
financial and corporate sector.

- The Company has commissioned 62 wind turbines during the year.

- Another 700 shares issued.

1996 - Company has received a new charter hire contract for ABAN-I from
ONGC for deployment in the West Coast of India for a period of
3 years. ABAN-II continues to perform satisfactorily while
11c D'Amsterdam the company has received letter of intent from
ONGC at substantially increased charter hire rates.

- Company is working as a proposal for setting up a 3 million
tonne Refinery and Power Plant have been re-assessed by the

1997 - The Company has entered into new contract for Rig I'le D'
Amsterdam with increased rates for a period of two years.

- The Company was selected by Tamil Nadu Government for setting up
a 103 MW power plant on Build, Own and Operate basis near Ennore.
The Company, assigned this project to M/s. Aban Power Company
Ltd. a company separately formed for power generation.

2001 - Aban Loyd Chiles Offshore Ltd. has entered into a definitive agreement with
Tata Industries Ltd. to acquire 22.5 per cent controlling stake in Hitech Drilling
Services India Ltd.


-Mr A Abraham steps down from the Chairmanship of the company.

-High court approves for the scheme of amalgamation of Hitech Drilling Services India Ltd with the company.

-Ties up with Qatar Shipping to bid for Shipping Corporation of India's disinvestment programme.

-Qualifies to bid for Shipping Corporation of India Ltd.

-Mr Reiji Abraham and Mr Renny Abraham acquired the shares of the company.

-Opts out of Shipping Corporation of India bid process


-Board proposed to delist the company's shares from the Delhi Stock Exchange.

-Company's offshore has been registered for ISO 9001:2000 by KPMG quality Register.

-Director Mr Renny Abraham expires on Oct 5th.

-Mr Frank A Wojtek resigns as the Director on the board of the company.

-Aban Loyd Chiles Offshore Ltd. has informed that Mr. K. Bharathan has been appointed as Additional Director effective December 26, 2003.


-Aban Loyd Chiles Offshore MD expires


-Aban Loyd signs contract with HOEL

-Aban Loyd Chiles enters agreement with Rowandrill Inc, USA

-Aban Loyd Chiles Offshore enters into MoA with Pride Foramer

-Company has splits its Face value of Shares from Rs 10 to Rs 2


-Aban Loyd to purchase 52% stake in Indonesian co

-Aban Loyd's subsidiary to acquire a Norwegian Company

-Company has changed its name from Aban Loyd Chiles Offshore Ltd. to Aban Offshore Ltd.


-Aban Offshore has signed a Letter of Agreement with Husky Oil China Ltd for the deployment of the jack-up rig Deep Driller 5 offshore China for a 3 firm wells along with 3 optional wells programme.


- Aban Offshore Ltd has informed that Mr. Satish Chandra Gupta has been appointed as Additional Director effective March 26, 2009.


-Semisubmersible Rig Aban Pearl owned by the wholly owned subsidiary has commenced its drilling operations on January 19, 2010.

-Letter of Award has been received from a leading exploration & production Company for the deployment of the jack-up rig Deep Driller 1 offshore India for a firm period of 1 year plus two optional periods of 6 months each.


-Sinvest AS, a subsidiary of offshore drilling contractor Aban Offshore is likely to sign a deal with Norway's Petrolia ASA to sell its entire 50% holding in Venture Drilling AS for about Rs 152 crore.

-Company has received Firm Orders from ONGC for the deployment of jack-up rigs Aban III and Aban IV for a period of 3 years each. The total value of these firm orders is approximately USD 138 million (equivalent to Rs. 620 Crores).

-Aban Offshore has signed an agreement for early redelivery of a drillship to its Russian owner.


-A letter of award has been received for the deployment of the jack-up rig Deep Driller 3 (owned by the Company's step down subsidiary) offshore Malaysia, from Petronas Carigali Sdn. Bhd., for a firm period of three year

-Aban Offhsore is India's largest offshore drilling contractor in the private sector, offering world-class drilling and oil field services for offshore exploration and production of hydrocarbons to the oil industry in India and abroad.

-The Company has received a Letter of Award ("LOA") from ONGC for deployment of drillship Aban Ice for a firm period of 3 years.

- Firm Order from ONGC for the deployment of jack-up rig Aban IV for a period of 3 years
-Aban Offshore Ltd has informed that a letter of award has been received for the deployment of the jack-up rig Deep Driller 5 Offshore Vietnam, for a firm period of 1 year and an optional period of 1 year.

-Aban Offshore zooms as arm bags order from ONGC for the deployment of the Drillship Aban Abraham for 2 years.