A Keppel FELS B class jackup. Image courtesy of Keppel FELS.

Keppel FELS Limited said Monday that it has delivered two new jackup rigs to Mexico-based Grupo R.

The rig builder delivered the KFELS B Class design CANTARELL I and CANTARELL II rigs that will be chartered to Mexico’s Pemex for operations in the Cantarell oil field in offshore Mexico.

The KFELS B Class jackup is designed to operate in water depths of up to 400 feet and drill to depths of 30,000 feet.

The KFELS B Class jackup was developed by Keppel’s Offshore Technology Development and is equipped with an advanced and fully-automated high capacity rack and pinion jacking system as well as a self-positioning fixation system.

Each rig has accommodations with full amenities for 150 people.

With the deliveries, Keppel FELS has now delivered three rigs in 2016 to date.

The rigs are the first two of five jackup rigs that Keppel FELS is building for Grupo R.

There will now be 10 KFELS B Class rigs working in Mexico, with two of those rigs being are directly owned by Pemex, Singapore-based Keppel said.

Keppel has delivered projects to Mexico since 2004 when it was awarded a contract to build two accommodation modules.

Along with building new jackup rigs for Mexico, Keppel has also repaired and serviced 18 rigs that have been deployed in Mexico.

“We are pleased to deliver another two rigs in 2016 to our quality client Grupo R. Despite the current low oil price environment, the market continues to prefer safe and efficient rigs with a proven track record like our KFELS B Class,” Managing Director of Keppel O&M (Offshore) and Keppel FELS Wong Kok Seng said.


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