Keppel Lands $225 Million Repeat Jackup Order

Keppel FELS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine, said Tuesday it has secured repeat order from Ensco plc to construct a KFELS B Class jackup rig for total cost of US$225 million.

When completed in 1Q 2015, it will be the fourth KFELS B Class Bigfoot jackup rig in Ensco’s fleet. Keppel has built a long-term partnership with Ensco having delivered 16 newbuild projects to them with another four on order, including this latest contract.

“We are glad to have long-standing customer Ensco reaffirm their confidence in our capabilities and rig design,”” said Tong Chong Heong, CEO of Keppel O&M. “The KFELS B Class is a proven design which is today the industry benchmark. We are honored that Ensco, one of the world’s leading offshore rig operators, has been a tremendous supporter of our proprietary designs and look forward to supporting them in the growth of their premium rig fleet.”

The KFELS B Class Bigfoot rig is able to operate in water depths of up to 400 feet and drill to 30,000 feet deep. The rig will have a nominal variable deck load of 7,500 kips and a cantilever load of 2,500 kips. It will also feature a 1.5 million-pound derrick, TDS-8 top drive and 15k BOP. Ensco has customized the rig to add dual drilling fluid capability and to upgrade the living quarters to 6 one-person and 67 two-person rooms.

Commenting on the order, Dan Rabun, Chairman and CEO of Ensco plc, said: “We see that customer demand in the premium jackup market is very strong and new construction is a key element of Ensco’s continuous high-grading strategy. Our three KFELS B Class Bigfoot rigs have proven to be highly efficient drilling platforms with industry-leading features for safety and environmental friendliness. We have built a strong relationship with Keppel FELS and the three ENSCO 120 Series rigs they are currently building for us based on the KFELS Super A Class design are testament to this.”