Completed within budget, the jackup rig will be delivered to ENSCO ahead of schedule at the end January 2005.
The rig, ENSCO 106, is the first KFELS B Class jackup customized to meet ENSCO's needs for a larger footprint in the three legs of the jackup. The footprints, which are called the spud cans, are of larger diameters. This gives ENSCO 106 the flexibility to operate in waters where the sea-bed soil conditions are extremely soft.
The rig is also equipped with the Rack Phase Differential and Pinion Load monitoring systems. Developed by Keppel Offshore & Marine's research and development arm, Offshore Technology Development (OTD), these systems assist rig personnel in safe deployment at the drilling location.
ENSCO 106 is the fifth KFELS B Class jackup to be completed by Keppel FELS. It is also the fifth jackup that Keppel O&M has built for ENSCO since 1998.
Said Mr. Choo Chiau Beng, Chairman and CEO of Keppel Offshore & Marine, "The numerous repeat jobs entrusted to us testify ENSCO's confidence in Keppel Offshore & Marine's commitment to be the Provider of Choice for our customers.
"It also demonstrates our unrelenting commitment to strike win-win relationships and partnerships in developing quality solutions with our customers."
Mr. Jeff Saile, President of ENSCO Offshore International Company, a subsidiary of ENSCO International, said, "The addition of ENSCO 106 to our fleet is a wonderful start for 2005. It further strengthens ENSCO's position as one of the leading offshore oil and gas drilling contractors in the world.
"The KFELS B Class is a proven design and ENSCO 106 was customized to suit ENSCO's drilling requirements.
"Keppel FELS has again affirmed their status as a world-class offshore construction yard and we are glad to work in partnership with Keppel FELS."
ENSCO 106 will be deployed to Apache Energy Limited for the North West Shelf field in Australia.
Keppel FELS is also presently constructing a sister rig, ENSCO 107, which is expected to be completed in end 2005.
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