Keppel FELS Delivers Newbuild Jackup Kukulkan to Pemex

Keppel Corporation Limited reported Monday that Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS), a wholly owned subsidiary of its unit Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd. (Keppel O&M), has delivered a KFELS B Class jackup to Mexican national oil company, Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), safely, on time and on budget.

The rig was named Kukulkan (400' ILC) by Lady Sponsor Mrs Valerie Pahl-Hernandez, wife of Gustavo Hernandez Garcia, director general of PEMEX Exploration & Production, at a ceremony at Keppel FELS this evening.

Kukulkan is the second jackup Keppel has built directly for PEMEX. It will join sister rig, Yunuen (400' ILC), which was delivered earlier this year, and another nine jackups that PEMEX has chartered from drilling contractors for deployment in offshore Mexico. Keppel also has another seven KFELS B Class jackups currently under construction for Mexican companies.

Chow Yew Yuen, CEO of Keppel O&M said, “We are glad to deliver the second consecutive rig to PEMEX on time and on budget. In building two rigs almost simultaneously and having supported Pemex over the years with numerous projects, we have been able to anticipate their needs and improve efficiencies in the construction process. We look forward to building upon our good working relationship through the construction of more offshore rigs, both in Singapore and Mexico.

“Kukulkan will be the eighth KFELS B Class jackup to work in Mexico. The rigs have proven to be robust, efficient and economical, performing excellently for PEMEX. We have another seven such rigs under construction for Mexico, making it the most dominant rig design and the jackup of choice for owners and operators in the region.”

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. Developed by Keppel’s Offshore Technology Development (OTD), the KFELS B Class jackup is equipped with an advanced and fully-automated high capacity rack and pinion jacking system, and Self-Positioning Fixation System. It has accommodation with full amenities for 120 persons.

Gustavo Hernandez Garcia, director general of Pemex E&P, said, “PEMEX E&P is committed to grow as an E&P company by retaining both our existing reserves and exploring in a variety of new areas. In shallow waters, there are a lot of prospective resources waiting to be discovered and we need high performance jackups like Kukulkan to maximize our returns. Just two weeks ago, another rig, Yunuen, was put into operation by Mexican President, H.E. Enrique Pena Nieto. With Kukulkan soon to follow, we are strongly progressing towards our goal to increase oil production.


View Full Article


Click on the button below to add a comment.
Post a Comment
Generated by readers, the comments included herein do not reflect the views and opinions of Rigzone. All comments are subject to editorial review. Off-topic, inappropriate or insulting comments will be removed.

Related Companies
For More Information on the Offshore Rig Fleet:
RigLogix can provide the information that you need about the offshore rig fleet, whether you need utilization and industry trends or detailed reports on future rig contracts. Subscribing to RigLogix will allow you to access dozens of prebuilt reports and build your own custom reports using hundreds of available data columns. For more information about a RigLogix subscription, visit

Our Privacy Pledge

Most Popular Articles

From the Career Center
Jobs that may interest you
Artificial Lift - Cable Technician
Expertise: Heavy Machinery Operator
Location: Midland
Technical Consultant - Enclosures
Expertise: Electrical Engineering|Mechanical Engineering
Location: Houston, TX
Construction Operator with CDL
Expertise: Heavy Machinery Operator|Laborer
Location: Sand Springs, OK
search for more jobs

Brent Crude Oil : $51.78/BBL 0.77%
Light Crude Oil : $50.85/BBL 0.83%
Natural Gas : $2.99/MMBtu 4.77%
Updated in last 24 hours