Newly-merged EnscoRowan takes delivery of jack-up

Written by Nick Blenkey
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Rig has been built to an enhanced version of Keppel’s KFELS Super A Class design

Offshore driller EnscoRowan  has taken delivery of its first newbuilding rig since its formation by the merger of Ensco plc and Rowan Companies plc, which completed April 11,

The rig, the harsh environment jack-up rig Ensco 123, was delivered by Singapore’s Keppel FELS shipyard on schedule and with zero lost-time incidents. Built to an enhanced version of Keppel’s KFELS Super A Class design, the rig was chartered ahead of its delivery for operations in the U.K .North Sea ahead of its delivery.

Featuring Keppel’s proprietary jacking and fixation system, the KFELS Super A Class jackup design can operate in a variety of environments in water depths up to 400 feet. The rig is designed to drill to total depths of 40,000 feet for the most demanding large multi-well platform programs, ultra-deep gas programs and ultra-long reach wells.

It features a 2.5 million pound quad derrick, fully-automated hands-free offline pipe handling systems, ultra-high capacity jacking and fixation systems, 145 person quarters, and strict noise and ergonomic standards

Gilles Luca, Senior Vice President of Operations Support for EnscoRowan, said, “The delivery of ENSCO 123 is the culmination of the efforts of EnscoRowan and Keppel FELS personnel over many years to design and construct our four ENSCO 120 series rigs. These harsh environment jackups are amongst the most capable shallow-water assets globally, and offer technical capabilities that help us deliver increased efficiencies to customers as they execute their offshore projects.”

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