Keppel FELS wins US$ 227 mn contract to build Qatar rig

Posted on 17th September 2014

Keppel FELS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine , has secured a US$ 227 million contract from Gulf Drilling International (GDI) of Qatar to build a repeat high-specification KFELS B Class jackup rig. As part of the deal, GDI has options for two more KFELS B Class rigs for deliveries in 2017.

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On the new jackup, to be named Halul, Keppel FELS has already begun preparations for its scheduled delivery in Q1 2016 during the course of discussions with GDI. Upon delivery, Halul will be chartered to Qatar Petroleum for five years, according to news reports on Construction Week Online.

Wong Kok Seng, managing director of Keppel Offshore & Marine and Keppel FELS said: "We are pleased to have been chosen by GDI to build another benchmark jackup rig for them. The KFELS B Class has established itself as a reliable high specification jackup rig for the Middle East with more than 10 such rigs successfully operating there.

"Besides the newbuild jackups, our shipyard in Qatar, Nakilat-Keppel O&M, is also supporting GDI with the construction of a liftboat and the repair and maintenance of their rig fleet. Our strong partnership has been built on a number of successful projects delivered to them over the years and we look forward to continue supporting GDI as they grow in the Middle East."

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