Keppel FELS to build another jackup for Mexican Gulf

ArabDrill-50-JU-rigAUGUST 2, 2013—Singapore's Keppel FELS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), recently won a $206 million contract to build a jackup rig for Uruguay's Parden Holding.

Scheduled for delivery in fourth quarter of 2015, the jackup rig is intended for operations in offshore Mexico. It will be built to Keppel's award winning KFELS B Class design and customized to Parden Holding's requirements. When completed, it will operate in water depths of up to 400 feet and drill to depths of 30,000 feet with accommodation for up to 150 persons.

This contract brings the total number of KFELS B Class jackup rigs ordered for the Mexican market since 2012 to 12.

Wong Kok Seng, Managing Director (Offshore) of Keppel O&M and Managing Director of Keppel FELS, said, "We are glad to be able to support Parden Holding with their very first high specification jackup rig as they aim to penetrate the offshore oil and gas market in Mexico. It is an affirmation of the KFELS B Class design and our strong shipyard capabilities. When completed in 2015, we would have 66 KFELS B Class rigs in the market."

The KFELS B Class design provides maximum uptime with reduced emissions and discharges. For its environmentally-friendly features, it was bestowed the prestigious Engineering Achievement Award from the Institution of Engineers Singapore in 2009. A key element of this design is Keppel's advanced high capacity rack and pinion jacking system, which enables this robust rig to jack up and down securely even in challenging environments.

Panaretos Lagos, CEO of Parden Holding, said, "Even with the number of new rigs being ordered, we continue to see strong demand for high specification jackup rigs in the Gulf of Mexico as the country looks to increase its production of oil and gas. Having a proven rig like the KFELS B jackup will enable us to seamlessly service the demands of the Mexican offshore drilling industry. In choosing Keppel FELS, we are confident of receiving a high quality rig on time, on budget, and with an excellent safety record."

Besides this order, Keppel FELS is also building another eight KFELS B Class rigs for the Mexican market.

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