Keppel FELS Delivers Al-Hail Jackup 18 Days Ahead of Schedule

Keppel FELS has delivered a KFELS B Class jackup rig to National Drilling Company of Abu Dhabi 18 days ahead of schedule.

The rig has also achieved a zero-accident safety record during her more than two million man-hours of construction period.

At its inauguration ceremony held in Abu Dhabi recently, Mr. Tong Chong Heong, Managing Director/Chief Operating Officer of Keppel O&M, said, "The early delivery of Al-Hail is testament to Keppel's promise to our customers to complete our projects on-time, on-budget and above all, safely. We are fully committed to this amid our heavy orderbook. I am very proud of the team for their dedication and commitment."

Al-Hail is NDC's first newbuild jackup in 20 years. It is also the first KFELS B Class jackup customized to meet NDC's requirements for a cost-effective rig. With leg lengths of 307 feet, Al-Hail is tailored specifically for operations in benign Middle East conditions of water depths down to 150 feet.

The rig is also equipped with Keppel's proprietary jacking and fixation system with fully automated control functions developed by Keppel FELS' research and technology arm, Offshore Technology Development (OTD).

"I am very proud of the co-operation we have with Keppel FELS. Al-Hail is a major project for us, and this first class rig clearly demonstrates the professionalism of Keppel FELS," said Mr. Abdul Munim Saif Al Kindy, General Manager of NDC.

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