Keppel FELS Delivers Jackup Rig to Saudi Aramco Ahead of Schedule

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Keppel FELS, a subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M), revealed Wednesday that it has delivered to Aramco Overseas Company its first KFELS Super B Class jackup rig, named SAR 202, 13 days ahead of schedule and with a perfect safety record on Oct. 2, 2012.

SAR 202 has since been transported to Saudi Arabia for final preparations and is on track for deployment in offshore Saudi Arabia.

Customized to Saudi Aramco's requirements, SAR 202 is equipped with a high capacity hook load of two million pounds for operations in high temperature and high pressure wells, and is capable of drilling down to 30,000 feet.

Commenting on the Keppel FELS delivery of the rig, Saudi Aramco's Manager and Department Head for its Southern Area Oil Drilling unit, Mohammad Al-Hattab, said, "When we started this project, it was during the downturn and the naysayers said that it would be completed late and overrun the budget. It has instead been delivered early, within budget and with a perfect safety record."

SAR 202 – an enhanced version of the KFELS B Class design – is the sixth such jackup that the shipyard has successfully built and deployed. To-date, 36 KFELS B Class and Super B Class rigs have been delivered with another 20 on order.

Keppel O&M ended 2012 with a full order haul of $8 billion, just shy of its 2011 record of $8.1 billion.

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