Keppel FELS has delivered a second KFELS B Class jackup rig to offshore Mexican oil field services company, Integradora de Servicios Petroleros Oro Negro (Oro Negro).
Named Laurus at Keppel FELS today, the rig was delivered eleven days early and with a perfect safety record.
Laurus is the second of two high-specification jackup rigs that
Keppel FELS has built for Oro Negro which will be chartered to PEMEX,
Mexico's national oil company, for deployment in offshore Mexico. The
first rig, Primus, was delivered in December last year.
Mr Wong Kok Seng, Managing Director (Offshore) of Keppel Offshore
& Marine and Managing Director of Keppel FELS, said, "We have built a
win-win partnership with Oro Negro and are pleased to deliver another
rig to them ahead of time, safely and within budget. This delivery is
the eighth by Keppel FELS this year, and in a year where we aim to
deliver a record 20 rigs, highlights our abilities and commitment to
meet the needs of our customers.
"Laurus is the second of 10 KFELS B Class jackup rigs we are building
for Mexican customers. It strengthens our track record as the leading
provider of offshore drilling solutions for the Mexican market. In
addition, we have delivered a number of significant projects to the
region over the years and we look forward to continuing to support
Mexico's E&P programme with high quality offshore rigs."
Mexico is one of the 10 largest oil producers in the world, with
close to 14 billion barrels of oil in reserves as of 1 January 2013.
National oil company, PEMEX, plans to invest up to US$25.3 billion in
2013, of which US$20 billion will be targeted at upstream activities.
Mr Gonzalo Gil White, CEO of Oro Negro, said, "With the early
delivery of Laurus, we now have two premium jackup rigs ready to service
PEMEX and the Mexican market. The country has a requirement for more of
such rigs to fully exploit its offshore oil fields and the deployment
of these two high-spec KFELS B Class rigs positions us well to meet this
demand even as we look to grow our fleet.
"We are pleased that Keppel FELS has once again exceeded our
expectations with this successful delivery. Even with the addition of
variation works to meet PEMEX's requirements, Keppel FELS was able to
deliver this rig 11 days ahead of schedule, allowing our customer the
opportunity to deploy the rig earlier to expedite their exploration
Developed by Keppel's technology arm, Offshore Technology Development
(OTD), the KFELS B Class jackup design is able to operate in water
depths of up to 400 feet and drill to depths of 30,000 feet. The robust
rig incorporates Keppel's advanced and fully-automated high capacity
rack and pinion jacking system, and Self-Positioning Fixation System. An
environmentally-friendly rig, it provides maximum uptime with reduced
emissions and discharges.
There are currently two KFELS B Class jackup rigs in operation in
Mexican waters - the Tonala rig operated by Peforadora Central and the
Ocean Scepter rig operated by Diamond Offshore.
Keppel FELS is currently building two KFELS B Class jackup rigs for
PEMEX as well as another four for Grupo R and two for CP Latina. Its
sister yard, Keppel AmFELS in Brownsville, Texas recently delivered a
jackup rig to Perforadora Central last month with another due for
delivery in 1Q 2014.
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