Keppel Offshore & Marine’s (Keppel O&M) wholly owned subsidiary Keppel FELS has delivered a new $227m KFELS B Class jackup rig to Gulf Drilling International (GDI) in Qatar.

The fifth KFELS B Class jackup rig Halul will be chartered to Qatar Petroleum for five years and was ordered by GDI in September 2014.

The rig can even operate in the higher ambient temperature of the Middle East and is equipped with larger spud cans for reduced bearing pressure.

"Reliability, safety, efficiency and quality are our top priorities in choosing a rig and a shipyard."

Larger spud also allows Halul expand its operational coverage in more places, especially in seabeds and can drill wells through 30,000ft with a cantilever that can skid out 70ft from the edge of the hull to drill wells.

The rig features offline stand-building capabilities, 7,500 PSI mud pumps, and has the capacity to accommodate 150 people.

GDI has renewed options for two more rigs set to be delivered in 2018 and 2019.

Keppel O&M managing director Wong Kok Seng said: "While there is widespread industry cautiousness, the strong relationships we have built with our long-standing customers, such as GDI, enables us to work together to deliver projects in a win-win fashion."

Halul’s sister rigs Dukhan and Al Zubarah are already operating for Qatar Petroleum while Al Khor is carrying out activities for Shell.

GDI CEO and managing director Mubarak Al-Hajri said: "Reliability, safety, efficiency and quality are our top priorities in choosing a rig and a shipyard."