KCA Deutag sells 1970s-built jackup drilling rig

Offshore staff

ABERDEEN, UK – KCA Deutag has sold its jackup drilling rig Ben Rinnes to an undisclosed energy and services company.  

The ABS-classed Marathon Le Tourneau MLT 53-S enhanced rig was built in Clydebank, western Scotland, in 1973 and acquired by KCA Deutag in 2005.

It had operated under contract offshore Angola until February 2016, and has since been stacked in Gabon.

KCA Deutag CEO Norrie McKay said: “Whilst the sale of the Ben Rinnes is an important milestone for KCA Deutag as it is our last asset in our mobile offshore drilling fleet, we continue to maintain the competence and experience required to support offshore drilling unit operations.”

The company is currently supporting construction and start-up of two Category J jackups that will begin operations offshore Norway next year.


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Ben Rinnes
Ben Rinnes jackup drilling rig. (Courtesy KCA Deutag)

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