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  • Keppel FELS delivers Hercules’ second KFELS Super A Class jackup rig
    édité le 16/12/2013 - Plus de news de "Keppel Corporation" - Voir la fiche entreprise de "Keppel Corporation"


Keppel FELS delivers Hercules’ second KFELS Super A Class jackup rig
Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS) has delivered to Hercules Offshore, Inc. (Hercules Offshore), their second harsh environment KFELS Super A Class jackup rig.

The rig was named Hercules Resilience at a ceremony after it was officially delivered on 30 November 2013, 45 days ahead of schedule, on budget and with a perfect safety record. The first KFELS Super A Class rig for Hercules, Hercules Triumph, was delivered in April this year, 46 days ahead of schedule.

Designed for the harsh environmental conditions of the North Sea (UK Sector), the ultra high-specification jackup rig is also able to operate efficiently in virtually all parts of the world outside Norway and the Arctic. Its enhanced leg design incorporates Keppel's proven and reliable high capacity rack and pinion jacking system which ensures that the rig is able to jack up securely in a variety of challenging environments.

Mr John T. Rynd, CEO of Hercules Offshore said, "These rigs are among the world's most elite jackup drilling rigs. The KFELS Super A Class rig provides higher variable load, better drilling capabilities and cantilever load performance as well as a larger deck space and superior accommodation complement. The initial contract for our first rig, Hercules Triumph, which is successfully working for Cairn India in the Indian Ocean drilling a high temperature, high pressure well, demonstrates worldwide versatility of the Super A design."

Developed by Keppel FELS' R&D arm, Offshore Technology Development (OTD), the KFELS Super A Class is an enhancement of the successful and proven KFELS A Class design. The Hercules rigs have been customised to meet the requirements of Hercules Offshore and are capable of operating in water depths of 400 feet and drilling depths of 35,000 feet.

Mr Wong Kok Seng, Managing Director (Offshore), Keppel Offshore & Marine and Managing Director, Keppel FELS said, "We are proud to be able to once again deliver another high quality rig to Hercules Offshore well ahead of time and to their highest satisfaction. This is the Keppel hallmark. Leveraging our expertise and experience, we work closely with our customers to ensure win-win results.

"Our proprietary KFELS Super A Class has been designed to operate efficiently in a wide variety of environments, especially cold climate areas with harsh conditions. This is the third such rig delivered and with another three on order, we believe the KFELS Super A Class design will become an industry benchmark for jackups of its class, following in the footsteps of our KFELS B Class design."

The KFELS Super A Class is equipped with the state-of-the-art pinion overload detection, rack phase difference detection, and brake failure and overload protection devices. In addition to having strong drilling capabilities and cantilever load performance, the KFELS Super A Class has a two million pound hook load drilling system and includes a spacious deck and amenities to accommodate 150 men.

Keppel FELS has also delivered a KFELS Super A Class jackup rig to Ensco and is currently building another three more for them.

About Hercules Offshore

Headquartered in Houston, Hercules Offshore, Inc. operates a fleet of 38 jackup rigs, 13 barge rigs and 64 liftboats. The Company offers a range of services to oil and gas producers to meet their needs during drilling, well service, platform inspection, maintenance, and decommissioning operations in several key shallow water provinces around the world. Hercules Offshore currently holds 32.1% of share capital in Discovery Offshore S.A., a pure play, ultra-high specification jackup rig company.

About Keppel FELS

Keppel FELS is a subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), a wholly-owned company of Keppel Corporation Limited. Keppel FELS is a leading designer, builder and repairer of high-performance mobile offshore rigs. Its portfolio of proprietary designs and floating production solutions meets a broad spectrum of operating requirements, including deep waters and harsh environments.

As a group, Keppel O&M is also a leader in ship repair and conversion, and specialised shipbuilding. Its near market, near customer strategy is bolstered by a global network of 20 yards and offices in the Asia Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, Brazil, the Caspian Sea, Middle East and the North Sea regions. Integrating the experience and expertise of its yards worldwide, the group aims to be the provider of choice and partner for solutions for the offshore and marine industry.


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