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Maersk Discoverer Delivered for Operations Offshore Australia

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Keppel FELS delivered the second of three DSS 21 deepwater rigs to Maersk Drilling on August 22, 2009.

Maersk Discoverer has been contracted by Woodside Energy for drilling operations in Australia for three years. She was named by Lady Sponsor, Julie Fitzpatrick, spouse of Ken Fitzpatrick, Senior Vice President, Woodside Energy.

Claus V. Hemmingsen, CEO of Maersk Drilling, said, "Maersk Discoverer, our second DSS 21 rig, is another outstanding example of the winning collaboration between Maersk Drilling and Keppel FELS.

"Optimized for field development work, the new generation DSS 21 series is derived from the experiences gained from our highly successful DSS 20 Maersk Explorer semisubmersible built in 2003. These deepwater units are among the most technically advanced in the world, and we are confident that they will position Maersk Drilling as the foremost provider of robust offshore solutions in the industry."

Tong Chong Heong, CEO of Keppel O&M, said, "We have developed the highly advanced DSS 21 rig model with strong input from Maersk Drilling. In choosing to build three such rigs with Keppel FELS, Maersk Drilling has demonstrated its thought-leadership and confidence in our ability to deliver.

"The successful completion of Maersk Discoverer attests to the excellent teamwork between Maersk Drilling and Keppel. We are confident that this semisubmersible will deliver the highest performance that is synonymous with our trend setting partnership."

Keppel O&M is the only shipyard group in the world to have its own suite of proprietary deepwater rig designs. Jointly developed by the Keppel's Deepwater Technology Group and Marine Structure Consultants, the DSS Series of deepwater rigs are designed for maximum uptime with reduced emissions and discharges.

DSS Series rigs are highly cost effective exploration units capable of drilling down 10,000 m (30,000 ft) wells and operating at a water depth of 3,000 m (10,000 ft). The Series also features a dynamic positioning system, with the ability to attach to a prelaid mooring system.

DSS Series rigs are particularly well suited to drill deep and complicated wells in areas such as offshore West Africa, Brazil, the Gulf of Mexico and Southeast Asia, and may be further customised to meet the unique challenges of each location.

The first DSS 21 rig, Maersk Developer, was delivered in June 2008, and is enroute to the U.S. Gulf of Mexico where she will commence a four-year contract with Statoil. The third rig of the series is slated for delivery in 2Q 2010.

Maersk Drilling is part of the A.P. Moller - Maersk Group and is a significant drilling contractor and supplier of floating production solutions. It has a fleet of 26 drilling rigs including the third DSS 21 deepwater development semi currently under construction at Keppel FELS.
 

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