Keppel to build jackup rig for ultra-deepwater offshore China

Offshore staff

SINGAPORE – TS Offshore Ltd. has awarded Keppel FELS Ltd. a contract to construct an ultra-high specification jackup rig for $500 million. Scheduled for delivery in 1Q 2017, it will be the first jackup rig built to Keppel's new proprietary KFELS N Plus design.

With legs measuring 678 ft (207 m) tall, and a maximum combined drilling load of 3,860 kips, the KFELS N Plus rig can work at a maximum water depth of 500 ft (152 m), and drill to depths of 35,000 ft (10,668 m). It is equipped with 100 ft (30 m) of cantilever outreach.

Developed by Offshore Technology Development, Keppel's R&D arm, the KFELS N Plus jackup is an enhancement of Keppel's proprietary KFELS N-Class design, of which three rigs are operating in the North Sea.

When delivered, the rig is expected to be deployed in the eastern China Sea, but it will also have provisions built in to enable the rig to operate in the North Sea.




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