Keppel FELS Completes Construction on Al-Zubarah Jackup

Keppel FELS Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Limited, has completed the construction of its second jackup drilling rig for Gulf Drilling International Ltd, a joint venture between Qatar Petroleum and Japan Drilling Co., Ltd.

At a ceremony on Jan. 26, 2008, the rig was named Al-Zubarah, after one of Qatar's very important economic centers, by Mohammad Al-Shirrawi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of GDI.

Built to Keppel's proprietary KFELS B Class design, the rig has been customized to GDI's requirements for drilling in the Arabian Gulf. Al-Zubarah is capable of operating in water depths of up to 300 feet, drilling 30,000 feet deep and accommodating up to 110 men.

Mr Choo Chiau Beng, Chairman and CEO of Keppel O&M, said, "With the addition of Al-Zubarah to its fleet, GDI is a step closer to realize its vision of becoming a world-class drilling services provider. Keppel FELS is honored to play an important role in helping GDI, and Qatar, to achieve its aim."

Al-Zubarah is the second KFELS B Class jackup that Keppel FELS has completed for GDI. The first rig, Al-Khor, is successfully operating offshore Qatar in the Arabian Gulf.

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