Keppel Corporation Limited announced Saturday that Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel Fels), a unit of its subsidiary Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd., is on track to deliver the fourth high-specification accommodation semisubmersible (semi) to Floatel International Ltd (Floatel) on time, on budget and with a perfect safety record.
The rig was named Floatel Endurance Jan. 31 at Keppel FELS and will be deployed to work for Chevron in Western Australia in 2015 before proceeding to work for Statoil in the Gina Krog field in Norway in 2016.
Floatel Endurance is an accommodation and construction support semi capable of meeting the most demanding regulatory requirements for operating in the harshest environmental conditions in the world. It is built to the DSSTM 20NS design which was developed by Keppel’s Deepwater Technology Group (DTG) and Marine Structure Consultants (MSC).
Wong Kok Seng, managing director of Keppel O&M (Offshore) and Keppel FELS, shared, “This is the fourth consecutive accommodation semi we have delivered to Floatel and we are proud to be able to provide them with a fleet of robust and high specification rigs, delivered on time and on budget. The fifth rig that we are currently building for Floatel is progressing just as well and we look forward to continuing our win-win partnership.
“We have a strong track record as a market leader in the design and construction of accommodation semis having delivered eight such vessels which have been successfully operating around the world. We have a comprehensive suite of semi designs that we are able to leverage to meet the needs of our customers.”
Equipped with an accommodation capacity of 440 persons in single bed cabins, Floatel Endurance is built in accordance with DNV class and is in full compliance with all the latest rules and regulations within the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.
The unit features full health, safety and environment (HSE) compliance including strict noise level requirements, free fall lifeboats and escape chutes. In particular, the unit utilizes a telescopic gangway for the safe transit of personnel to and from the serviced installation, with the ability to be extended or shortened by plus/minus 24.6 feet (7.5 meters), allowing the vessel to remain connected even in severe weather.
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