Keppel Delivers First Rowan Rig

Keppel AmFELS has delivered the first of four EXL rigs to Rowan Drilling Company safely, on time and within budget.

The rig, christened Rowan EXL I at the yard last Saturday, is expected to be deployed for work immediately after delivery to serve a 10-month contract with McMoRan Exploration Company in the US Gulf of Mexico.

Mr. David Russell, President, Rowan, said, "With the strengthening demand of higher-specification jackups for deep and difficult wells worldwide, the addition of the Rowan EXL rigs to our premium fleet will augment our asset base and boost our ability to meet the growing needs of our customers.

"As such, I am pleased that Keppel AmFELS has delivered the first of our four Rowan EXL rigs with a perfect safety record, on time and within budget. The talent, experience and effort of both our teams have been critical in the completion of this top-class rig.

"With such a remarkable construction history and advanced operating capabilities, we are confident that Rowan EXL I will begin work as soon as possible and perform excellently."

Mr. G.S. Tan, President & CEO of Keppel AmFELS, said, "The safe, on-time and within-budget delivery of Rowan EXL I is another feather in the cap for Keppel AmFELS, demonstrating our robust construction capabilities and commitment to meet our customers' needs.

"Our strategic presence at the gateway of the Gulf of Mexico, one of the most important oil and gas markets in the world, enables Keppel AmFELS to leverage our Near Market, Near Customer strategy to reinforce the strong partnerships that we have built with customers such as Rowan.

"With our close market insights and comprehensive suite of products and services, we seek to be the preferred solutions provider in this region."

Keppel AmFELS is currently constructing three other similar newbuild jackup rigs for Rowan. The construction of these rigs is progressing well and is within schedule and budget.