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Keppel Offshore & Marine’s (O&M) subsidiary, Keppel FELS, has been awarded a $206m contract by Parden Holding to build a jackup rig for operations in offshore Mexico.

The new rig, which will be built with KFELS B Class design to meet Parden Holding’s requirements, will have drilling capacity of 30,000ft and accommodate 150 people.

Scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2015, the rig will operate in water depths of up to 400ft, while the design provides maximum uptime with reduced emissions and discharges.

Keppel FELS managing director and Keppel O&M managing director (Offshore), Wong Kok Seng, said: "It is an affirmation of the KFELS B Class design and our strong shipyard capabilities. When completed in 2015, we would have 66 KFELS B Class rigs in the market."

"Scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2015, the rig will operate in water depths of up to 400ft."

An advanced high capacity rack and pinion jacking system will be added to the unit, which enables the rig to jack up and down securely even in challenging environments.

Parden Holding CEO, Panaretos Lagos, said: "We continue to see strong demand for high specification jackup rigs in the Gulf of Mexico as the country looks to increase its production of oil and gas."

"Having a proven rig like the KFELS B jackup will enable us to seamlessly service the demands of the Mexican offshore drilling industry," Lagos added.


Image: Keppel secures $206m jackup rig contract in Mexico. Photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.

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