Keppel O&M legacy jack-ups set to go to work

Written by Marine Log Staff
Keppel O&M hands over rig

Celebration as ARABDRILL110, one of two Keppel O&M legacy rigs on charter to Arabian Drilling Company is handed over.

Singapore’s Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) has completed the modification works for the four legacy jack-up rigs that are be deployed on bareboat charters in Saudi Arabia. The rigs are being chartered in pairs to Arabian Drilling Company (ADC) and ADES Saudi Limited Company (ADES) respectively and are expected generate a total charter revenue of about SGD 250 million(about US$176 million) over three to five years.

As legacy rigs, the four KFELS Class B rigs and their bareboat charter agreements will be transferred to Asset Co, which is majority-owned by external investors, on completion of the proposed combination of Keppel O&M and Sembcorp Marine.

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The rigs chartered to ADC, ARABDRILL110 and ARABDRILL 120, were handed over at the shipyard yesterday with Abdullah Al Mahdi, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Singapore, as the Guest-of-Honor. The rigs are on bareboat charter contracts for three years with options for a year’s extension and will be deployed in Saudi Arabia to work for Saudi Aramco, the country’s national oil company.

The rigs for ADES, ADMARINE 683 and ADMARINE 684, which had their modification works completed earlier this month, have been chartered for five years and are also deployed to Saudi Arabia for Saudi Aramco.

Built to Keppel O&M’s proprietary KFELS B Class design, the four modern high-specification rigs are able to operate in water depths of up to 400 feet and drill to 30,000 feet deep. In preparation for their charters in Saudi Arabia, these rigs have been further customized to work for Saudi Aramco.

Tan Leong Peng, managing director (new builds) at Keppel O&M said, “We are pleased that four of our rig assets are being put to productive work and will soon generate recurring income as they embark on their charter contracts with our valued customers ADC and ADES. The project teams at Keppel O&M have worked hard to expedite the rigs’ modification works, enabling these assets to start their charters on schedule in Saudi Arabia.

“As utilization and day rates continue to rise, we are seeing demand for modern, high specification jack-up rigs grow. Riding on this growing demand, all our legacy KFELS B Class rigs have been contracted. Operationally ready rigs with good track records and stable cash flows are attractive assets that will enjoy a strong advantage with operators and investors. We are confident that our customers will appreciate the strong value proposition that Keppel’s high quality and cost-effective rig assets provide.”

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