ADC receives fourth KFELS B jackup

Offshore staff

SINGAPOREKeppel FELS has delivered ARABDRILL 70, its fourth KFELS B Class jackup rig to Arabian Drilling Co. (ADC).

In 2013, Keppel FELS supplied the ARABDRILL 50 and ARABDRILL 60 to the same contractor, both of which continue to operate for ADC and charterer Saudi Aramco.

ADC also acquired ARABDRILL 30 in 2009, and in addition, Keppel FELS built a KFELS Super B Class rig, SAR 202, for Saudi Aramco in 2012.

The latest delivery is the 61st KFELS B Class rig completed since 2000. Keppel FELS claims the design, developed by its technology division Offshore Technology Development, accounts for roughly one-quarter of all jackups delivered over the past 15 years.

These rigs can operate in water depths of up to 400 ft (122 m) and drill to depths of 30,000 ft (9,144 m). They incorporate Keppel’s fully-automated high capacity rack and pinion jacking system and self-positioning fixation system, and are said to provide maximum uptime and reduced emissions and discharges.


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