Keppel FELS to deliver Scarabeo 9 ultra-deepwater drilling rig to Saipem

Source: Keppel FELS

Keppel FELS Limited is on track to deliver Scarabeo 9, a sixth generation ultra-deepwater semisubmersible drilling rig, to Saipem S.p.A on time and with no lost time incidents. 

A significant part of Keppel FELS' workscope on Scarabeo 9 involved the completion and commissioning of marine and drilling systems onboard. 

"With Keppel's proven track record, we were confident of receiving a rig of the highest quality delivered on time and in a safe manner,” said Pietro Franco Tali, CEO of Saipem. “This sixth generation rig will be an important addition to our fleet as we expand our foothold to be one of the best balanced turnkey operators in the offshore and marine industry." 

The Frigstad D90 semisubmersible rig is equipped with a Dynamic Positioning 3 system and will be capable of operating in water depths of up to 3,600 meters. 

Once completed, the Scarabeo 9 semisubmersible is headed to work for Repsol in the waters offshore Cuba.

Keppel's current projects for Saipem include the completion of a newbuild pipe laying vessel, Castorone, which is being jointly undertaken by Keppel Shipyard and Keppel Singmarine. 

Saipem has also previously sent the Saipem 7000, a semisubmersible crane and pipelaying vessel, for drydocking at the Keppel Verolme shipyard in the Netherlands in 2007. More recently, Keppel Verolme completed the repair and modification of the semisubmersible pipelay vessel, Castoro Sei.



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