This was the fifth rig of this design for this customer. Features include larger spud cans for reduced bearing pressure; expanded operational coverage in more places, especially in sea beds with soft soil; the capability to drill wells through 30,000 ft (9,144 m) with a cantilever that can skid out 70 ft (21 m) from the edge of the hull to drill wells; offline stand building capabilities; 7,500-psi (517-bar) mud pumps; and accommodation for 150 crew members.
GDI has options for two more KFELS B Class jackups for delivery in 2018 and 2019.
Recently, Keppel’s joint venture shipyard in Qatar Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine also delivered a self-propelled and self-elevating liftboat to GDI.
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