Keppel FELS has secured contracts worth $393m to build two KFELS B Class Bigfoot jack-up rigs for Gulf Drilling International.

The new rigs will be equipped with larger spud cans and feature an enhanced leg design.

Each rig will comprise a full 15,000psi BOP system, a 75ft cantilever outreach and have a capacity to accommodate 150 people.

The two rigs are expected to be delivered in the third quarters of 2013 and 2014.

GDI chairman Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi said the two rigs will be welcome additions to GDI’s fleet.

“They will serve as the cornerstone of an expansion plan that is geared to increasing GDI’s share of the Qatar drilling market,” said Al-Kaabi.