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UK offshore drilling company delivers new jack-up rig

10th September 2013

Ensco takes delivery of new jack-up rig ENSCO 120 to work for Nexen in the North Sea

UK offshore drilling company delivers new jack-up rig
ENSCO 120 jacking trial

Global provider of offshore drilling services Ensco has taken delivery of ENSCO 120, the first in its series of three ultra-premium harsh environment jack-up rigs to operate in the North Sea.


ENSCO 120 was constructed at the Keppel FELS yard in Singapore and is now en route to the North Sea for final outfitting and crew familiarization. The rig is contracted to work for Nexen in the North Sea beginning in the fourth quarter.


ENSCO 121, the second rig in the series, is scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter. It is contracted to work for Wintershall, also in the North Sea.


The new jackup rigs are designed to increase the area of operability in the Central North Sea. They are capable of operating in water depths up to 400 feet and are built for large multi-well platform programmes, ultra-deep gas programmes or ultra-long reach wells up to 40,000-ft total drilling depth.


The rigs have a significantly improved cantilever envelope, 18-3/4-inch 15k 4-ram BOP, 2.5 million-pound quad derrick, enhanced rig floor layout, fully automated hands-free offline pipe handling systems, ultra-high capacity jacking and fixation systems, 150-person quarters and strict noise and ergonomic standards.


Ensco CEO Dan Rabun said: “With the ENSCO 120 Series, we have taken a high-specification rig design and enhanced it with features that make it the most capable rig of its class. The proprietary cantilever system and deep well capabilities of ENSCO 120, paired with our skilled crews’ knowledge and experience in the region, are a winning combination for our customers.”

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