Transocean orders another Bigfoot

KFELSsuperBKeppel FELS Limited has secured a repeat order worth $195 million from Transocean Offshore Deepwater Holdings Ltd, a subsidiary of Transocean Ltd.

Following its order of two jack-up rigs from  Keppel FELS on February 17, 2011, Transocean is exercising its option to build another high specification jack-up rig based on the KFELS Super B Class Bigfoot design for delivery from the shipyard in the  third quarter of 2013.

Tailored to Transocean's requirements, the KFELS Super B Class Bigfoot is designed with larger spud cans, expanding its operational coverage to more places, especially areas where soft soil is predominant. Having larger spud cans enables the unit to operate efficiently while minimizing potential leg penetration problems in soft soil conditions.

With a 1.5 million pound drilling system and a maximum combined cantilever load of 3,200 kips, the Super B Class Bigfoot features immense horsepower during drilling operations. In addition, the rig will be installed with offline stand building features in its drilling system package which allows drilling and the preparation of drill pipes to take place at the same time. The rig is capable of drilling at a 75 feet outreach, allowing for coverage of a larger well pattern.

August 5, 2011

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