JDC orders jack-up from Keppel FELS

Offshore staff

SINGAPORE -- Japan Drilling Co. (JDC) has commissioned a new Super B Class jackup from Keppel FELS under a $210-million contract. It is due to be delivered early in 2013.

This will be JDC's first newbuild rig order in six years and Keppel FELS' first for the company. The KFELS Super B Class is designed to drill to depths up to 35,000 ft (10,668 m). Its leg structure provides enhanced robustness for operations in water depths up to 425 ft (129 m). The rig is also engineered to operate in high ambient temperatures and can accommodate 150 personnel. Other features include an offline stand building capability for efficient drill pipe handling, a combined drilling load of up to 2,700 kips, and a high capacity hook load of 2 million lb.

Previously, Keppel FELS supplied two KFELS B Class jackup rigs for a JDC joint venture company with Qatar Petroleum, Gulf Drilling International. JDC had also sent the Hakuryu-5 and Hakuryu-3 rigs for repair and maintenance to Keppel AmFELS and Keppel FELS respectively.


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