Keppel FELS, a subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M) has delivered its first rig of 2020
The fifth of an eleven eleven jackup rig order that Borr Drilling placed with Keppel was delivered on time and within budget, according to Keppel.
The rig, Heimdal, was built to Keppel’s proprietary KFELS B Class design.
Keppel O&M’s Executive Director, Mr Tan Leong Peng said there is a strong preference for high-specification rigs in the market as older rigs are being retired, adding “We are pleased to deliver our first rig of the year, which is also the fifth jackup rig that we have built for Borr Drilling. The KFELS B Class is a proven workhorse of the industry and we are confident Heimdal will contribute to Borr Drilling’s exploration efforts."
Keppel delivered the fourth jackup rig of the Borr order, Hermod, in October 2019. Boor’s Saga, Skald, and Thor, were the first three of the five rigs delivered to date under the order.
Following its most recent delivery of Heimdal, Borr Drilling will have eight KFELS B Class rigs in their fleet, in total.
The KFELS B class rig makes up about a quarter of all jackup rigs delivered since 2000 and is the most-used rig system in shallow water exploration.
Keppel technology arm, Offshore Technology Development, developed the design for the rigs, which incorporates environmentally friendly features to reduce emissions and discharges, according to the company.
The rigs are designed to operate in water depths up to 400 feet, capable of drilling down 30,000 feet and are equipped with a 15,000 psi blowout preventer (BOP) system. The rigs offer accommodation for up to 150 personnel on board.