Keppel AmFELS Delivers Newbuild Uxpanapa to Mexico's Central Panuco

Singapore's Keppel Corp. Ltd. reported Thursday that Keppel AmFELS LLC, the U.S. unit of its subsidiary Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd. (Keppel O&M), has delivered Uxpanapa (400' ILC), a KFELS B Class jackup, to Mexico's Central Panuco S.A. De C.V.

The jackup was christened Wednesday at Keppel AmFELS' yard in Brownsville, Texas by the owners of Central Panuco., a subsidiary of Mexico's Perforadora Central S.V. De C.V. Uxpanapa is the the fifth jackup built by Keppel AmFELS for Perforadora Central and the second based on the KFELS B Class design.

"The delivery of this fifth jackup rig to Central Panuco to their highest satisfaction is a result of our close partnership backed by the yard's strong capabilities. We are proud to be Central Panuco's choice shipyard as they grow their fleet of rigs to be a premier rig operator in the region," Simon Lee, president of Keppel AmFELS, said at the ceremony.

Mexican national oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) has chartered Uxpanapa for work offshore Mexico.

"We are pleased to receive the Uxpanapa ... In the current challenging market conditions, oil companies such as Pemex prefer highly cost-efficient and reliable equipment such as the KFELS B Class jackup ... which has a proven track record operating in Mexico," Patricio Alvarez Morphy Orvananos, senior vice president of Central Panuco said in the press release.

Keppel O&M is an active rig provider in the Mexican market, having delivered 16 projects, including Uxpanapa, with another four on order.



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