Keppel Corporation disclosed Thursday that Keppel FELS Ltd., a unit of the firm’s subsidiary Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M), delivered an ultra-premium harsh environment jackup ENSCO 122 (400′ ILC) to Ensco plc (Ensco) ahead of schedule. The jackup, built to an enhanced version of Keppel’s proprietary KFELS Super A Class design, has been contracted to Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij B.V. (NAM), a oil and gas explorer and producer focused on The Netherlands.
“We are pleased to deliver ENSCO 122, our third ENSCO 120 Series jackup to Ensco. Our partnership with Ensco has enabled us to develop next generation jackups that have set industry benchmarks and we believe the KFELS Super A Class will be the standard bearer for jackups of its class in the North Sea,” Wong Kok Seng, managing director of Keppel Offshore & Marine (Offshore) and Keppel FELS, said in a press release.
Enhancements to the jackup design include Ensco’s patented Canti-Leverage AdvantageSM technology, which provides cost advantages for customers by allowing them to drill more wells from one location when utilizing the enhanced hoisting capacity at the farthest reach of the cantilever. KFELS Super A Class jackup, featuring Keppel’s proprietary and superior jacking and fixation system, can operate in a variety of environments in water depths up to 400 feet.
The jackup is designed to drill to depths of 40,000 feet for the most demanding large multi-well platform programs, ultra-deep gas programs and ultra-long reach wells. “Over the past 3 years, we have successfully contracted our ENSCO 120 Series newbuild jackups well ahead of delivery based on the advantages of our proprietary technology,” John Knowlton, Ensco’s senior vice president – Technical said in press release.
The first two jackups in the series, ENSCO 120 (400′ ILC) and ENSCO 121 (400′ ILC), are currently operating in the North Sea. Keppel FELS is scheduled to deliver the fourth jackup, ENSCO 123 (400′ ILC), in 2Q 2016.