Keppel delivers Rowan EXL-II jackup drilling rig, two more under construction

Source: Keppel AmFELS

Keppel AmFELS, the U.S. wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Limited, is on track to deliver the second of four EXL rigs to Rowan (NYSE:RDC) on time, within budget and with zero lost-time incidents. 

The rig, christened Rowan EXL-II last Friday, is scheduled for delivery on August 31 and will depart the Keppel AmFELS yard within the next month. It is expected to be deployed to Trinidad for three years under contract with BP Trinidad and Tobago. 

David Russell, President of Rowan Drilling Companies, said, “We continue to see a strong demand for higher-specification jackups worldwide.” 

Construction for the Rowan EXL-II began in April 2008. Built as an enhancement of the LeTourneau Super 116E design with leg lengths of 511feet and a capable hook load of 2,000,000 pounds, the ABS-classed rigs employ the latest state-of-the-art technology to drill high-pressure, high-temperature and extended-reach wells in jackup markets throughout the world. They are capable of operating in 350 feet of water or more and drilling to a depth of up to 35,000 feet. 

Keppel AmFELS is currently constructing two other similar new build jackup rigs for Rowan. The construction of these rigs is progressing well and is within schedule and budget. 

Located in Brownsville, Texas, Keppel AmFELS reinforces Keppel O&M’s presence in the Gulf of Mexico. Since its establishment in 1990, Keppel AmFELS has built up its facilities and equipment to become the most well equipped offshore shipyard in the Gulf of Mexico. 

The yard engages in the construction, refurbishment, conversion, life extension and repair of a complete range of mobile drilling rigs and platforms. Its comprehensive facilities are first class, with a drydock capable of docking the largest semisubmersible drilling units and a modern steel processing plant.

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