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Keppel rig to drill offshore India

28th January 2013

Keppel’s new drilling rig to operate in Indian offshore market, drilling up to 30,000 feet

Keppel rig to drill offshore India
KFELS B Class jackup rigs are able to operate in water depths of 400 feet, have a drilling depth of 30,000 feet and can accommodate 150 persons

Singapore rig manufacturer Keppel FELS Limited has announced it is delivering its first rig of 2013, which will operate in India’s offshore sector.

The wholly owned subsidiary of offshore rig designer Keppel Offshore & Marine will deliver the KFELS B Class jackup rig to Vision Drilling Pte Ltd, also a subsidiary of Cyprus based Dynamic Offshore Drilling Ltd.

KFELS B Class jackup rigs are able to operate in water depths of 400 feet, have a drilling depth of 30,000 feet and can accommodate 150 persons. Keppel’s advanced and fully-automated high capacity rack and pinion elevating system and self-positioning fixation system have been incorporated into the design.

The KFELS B Class jackup rig, named Dynamic Vision, will be Vision Drilling’s first such rig and will be delivered almost two months ahead of schedule. It is the first of the 20 offshore rigs that Keppel FELS is expected to deliver in 2013, a world record number according to Keppel.

 “India’s growing energy demand is driving the country to actively increase its offshore oil and gas production. The proven KFELS B Class jackup design, coupled with our established experience in offshore drilling, places Vision Drilling in a good position to meet this demand,” said Naresh Kumar, chairman of Dynamic Offshore Drilling.