MARCH 28, 2016 — Singapore's Keppel FELS shipyard, a wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), has delivered two jack-up rigs to Mexican company, Grupo R.
Built to Keppel's proprietary KFELS B Class design, the rigs, Cantarell I and Cantarell II, will be chartered to PEMEX, Mexico's national oil company, for operations in the Cantarell oil field in offshore Mexico. They are the first two of five jack-up rigs that Keppel FELS is building for Grupo R.
With the two rigs delivered, there will be 10 KFELS B Class rigs working in Mexico, two directly owned by PEMEX, making it the dominant rig design in the region.
The KFELS B Class jack-up is designed to operate in water depths of up to 400 feet and drill to depths of 30,000 feet. Developed by Keppel's Offshore Technology Development (OTD), the KFELS B Class jack-up is equipped with an advanced and fully-automated high capacity rack and pinion jacking system, and Self-Positioning Fixation System. It has accommodations with full amenities for 150 persons.
Keppel has delivered projects to Mexico since 2004 when it was awarded a contract to build two accommodation modules. Besides building new jack-up rigs for Mexico, Keppel has also repaired and serviced a total of 18 rigs that have been deployed in Mexico.
Mr. Wong Kok Seng, Managing Director of Keppel O&M (Offshore) and Keppel FELS, said, "We are pleased to deliver another two rigs in 2016 to our quality client Grupo R. Despite the current low oil price environment, the market continues to prefer safe and efficient rigs with a proven track record like our KFELS B Class. We have built strong relationships with our customers and continue to engage them in developing win-win solutions."