FEBRUARY 6, 2013 — Singapore's Keppel FELS shipyard has secured a $218 million contract from UMW Drilling 8 (L) Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of UMW Oil & Gas Corporation Sdn. Bhd. (UMW Oil & Gas), for a KFELS B Class jack-up rig.
It will be the third KFELS B Class jackup rig for UMW Oil & Gas and is scheduled for delivery in third quarter 2015. The first jackup - UMW NAGA 4 - was delivered in February 2013 and the second - UMW NAGA 5 - is expected to be completed by second quarter 2014.
"The KFELS B Class rigs are efficient drilling platforms with industry-leading features and have been well-received by the market," said Mr. Rohaizad Darus, President, UMW Oil & Gas. "Our first jackup constructed by Keppel FELS, UMW NAGA 4, is currently deployed in offshore Malaysia while our second rig, UMW NAGA 5, is expected to be delivered in May this year and has already secured a charter from Nido Petroleum Philippines.
"We have taken this opportunity to acquire another KFELS B Class jackup from Keppel FELS to enable UMW Oil & Gas to accelerate the growth of our assets portfolio and meet the strong demand for premium jackup drilling rigs in the Asia Pacific region. Keppel FELS has been a good partner for us in delivering high quality rigs on time and without incidents. Teaming up with the world's leading rig builder is a boost to our aim of being Malaysia's premier drilling contractor."
The new rig is the 75th KFELS B Class ordered since 2000. Developed by Keppel's technology arms, Offshore Technology Development and Bennett Offshore, the KFELS B Class jack-up rig is able to operate in water depths of 400 feet, drilling depth of 30,000 feet and accommodate up to 150 men.
Mr. Wong Kok Seng, Managing Director (Offshore) of Keppel O&M and Managing Director of Keppel FELS said, "We are glad that UMW has chosen to build a third rig to the KFELS B Class design. Having our own proprietary rig designs empowers us to customize solutions for each client to suit their unique requirements in the shortest time possible. This provides us with a huge competitive advantage in terms of responding to clients' needs, which are changing with the advancement of drilling technology."
The KFELS B Class rig incorporates Keppel's advanced and fully-automated high capacity rack and pinion elevating system, and self-positioning fixation system. It provides maximum uptime with reduced emissions and discharges. For its environmental-friendly features, the KFELS B Class design was bestowed the Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award from Institution of Engineers Singapore in 2009.