Keppel delivers Alpha Star ultra-deepwater semisub to Brazil early

Source: Keppel

Keppel FELS Limited has delivered Alpha Star, the second of two DSSTM 38 ultra-deepwater semisubmersible rigs, to Brazil's Queiroz Galvão Óleo e Gás (QGOG) four months ahead of schedule and with zero lost time incidents.

This continues Keppel FELS track record of delivering its rigs on time or ahead of schedule. It is the third early delivery this year, following the early delivery of the semisubmersible drilling tender, West Jaya, to Seadrill (NYSE:SDRL) and of the KFELS N Class rig, Rowan Stavanger, for Rowan Companies (NYSE:RDC). 

The rig has been chartered by Petrobras (NYSE:PBR) for six years to support exploration and production activities offshore Brazil. 

Mr Leduvy Gouvea, Chef Executive Officer of Queiroz Galvão Óleo e Gás said, "With this early delivery, we are able to start work earlier for Petrobras, and reinforce our status as the premier drilling operator in Brazil. We are confident that Alpha Star will be just as successful as its sister rig, the DSSTM 38 Gold Star, which is performing successfully for Petrobras in Brazil. 

"Through the various projects we have been working on, they have proven to be an exceptional partner, delivering projects which exceed expectations and enabling us to efficiently serve the fast-growing oil and gas exploration industry. They share our commitment to provide technologically advanced and high quality products to our customers in a reliable and safe manner." 

Jointly developed and owned by Keppel's Deepwater Technology Group and Marine Structure Consultants, the DSSTM 38 design is in the league of some of the world's most advanced drilling semisubmersibles. 

DSSTM 38 is rated to drill 30,000 feet below mud line in over 9,000 feet water depth. It has an operational displacement of over 38,000 tonnes and can accommodate 130persons. It also features both vertical and horizontal riser storage and is configured with eight 3,000 kW azimuth thrusters to keep the rig in position. 

Designed to maximise uptime with reduced emissions and discharges, a DSSTM 38 rig is well-suited to handle the operational requirements in the deepwater "Golden Triangle" region, which comprises Brazil, Africa and the Gulf of Mexico.



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