May 4, 2010
Keppel AmFELS delivers first of four Rowan EXL jack-ups
Keppel AmFELS Inc., Brownsville, Texas, has delivered the first of four EXL rigs to Rowan Drilling Company, Inc. safely, on time and within budget.
The rig, christened Rowan EXL I at the yard last Saturday, is expected to be deployed for work immediately after delivery to serve a 10-month contract with McMoRan Exploration Company in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.
Keppel AmFELS is currently constructing three other similar newbuild jack-up rigs for Rowan. Construction of these rigs is progressing well and is within schedule and budget.
Built as an enhancement of the LeTourneau Super 116E design, the ABS-classed rigs use state-of-the-art technology to drill high-pressure, high-temperature and extended-reach wells in jack-up markets throughout the world. They are capable of operating in 350 feet of water or more and drilling to a depth of 35,000 feet.
"With the strengthening demand of higher-specification jack-ups for deep and difficult wells worldwide, the addition of the Rowan EXL rigs to our premium fleet will augment our asset base and boost our ability to meet the growing needs of our customers," said Rowan Drilling President David Russell. "As such, I am pleased that Keppel AmFELS has delivered the first of our four Rowan EXL rigs with a perfect safety record, on time and within budget. The talent, experience and effort of both our teams have been critical in the completion of this top-class rig.
Mr G.S. Tan, President & CEO of Keppel AmFELS, said, "The safe, on-time and within-budget delivery of Rowan EXL I is another feather in the cap for Keppel AmFELS, demonstrating our robust construction capabilities and commitment to meet our customers' needs.
Keppel AmFELS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Limited (Keppel O&M). The shipyard engages in the construction, refurbishment, conversion, life extension and repair of a complete range of mobile drilling rigs and platforms. Facilities include a dry dock capable of docking the largest semisubmersible drilling units, and a modern steel processing plant.