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Keppel to build USD 206m jack-up rig for Mexico's Grupo R

30th March 2015

Keppel FELS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), has secured a contract to build a jack-up rig worth USD 206m from repeat customer Grupo R, a Mexican drilling company

Keppel FELS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), has secured a contract to build a jack-up rig worth USD 206m from repeat customer Grupo R, a Mexican drilling company
Mexico's president, Enrique Pena Nieto, announced in March this year that the country's proven reserves of oil and gas at the start of 2013 has risen to 13.87 billion barrels of crude-oil equivalent.

Scheduled for delivery in 4Q 2015, the jack-up rig will be built to Keppel's proprietary KFELS B Class design. It will be added to the fleet of another four similar rigs that Keppel FELS is building for Grupo R.

With this new contract, Keppel FELS currently has on order nine KFELS B Class jack-up rigs from Mexican customers.

"We are delighted that Grupo R has chosen to build another jack-up rig of the KFELS B Class design with us,” said Wong Kok Seng, managing director (offshore) of Keppel O&M and managing director of Keppel FELS. “It is an affirmation of their confidence in our rig designs as well as our project execution capabilities. The KFELS B Class is an industry leading jack-up design with a proven track record in the Gulf of Mexico.

"With this order, there will be 65 KFELS B Class rigs in the market by 2015, of which some 13 rigs are for Mexico. We are glad to be able to support Mexico's exploration of its offshore energy reserves and look forward to providing them with on time, on budget and safe deliveries."

Mexico's president, Enrique Pena Nieto, announced in March this year that the country's proven reserves of oil and gas at the start of 2013 has risen to 13.87 billion barrels of crude-oil equivalent.

Pemex, the Mexican national oil company, has stated their aim to increase production with plans to add between eight and 12 offshore platforms to its drilling fleet. In its quarterly results in February 2013, the company unveiled investment plans of USD 25.3bn for 2013, of which USD 20bn will be targeted at upstream activities.

"Mexico is aiming to boost oil production through increased exploration and production with Pemex looking for a number of new high specification rigs that can optimise their operations,” said Ramiro Garza Vargas, CEO of Grupo R. “The addition of this premium jack-up rig to the four KFELS B Class jack-ups we ordered earlier will enable us to meet their requirements and strengthen our position as the leading player in Mexico's drilling industry.

"Building repeat rigs in a leading yard like Keppel FELS will ensure standardisation of high quality rigs delivered safely and on time for our customers. We are also able to reap efficiencies in the construction, training, daily operations and maintenance."

Customised to Grupo R's requirements, this rig will be able to operate in water depths of up to 400 feet and drill to depths of 30,000 feet.

Developed by Keppel's technology arm, Offshore Technology Development, the KFELS B Class rigs incorporate Keppel's advanced and fully-automated high capacity rack and pinion jacking system, and Self-Positioning Fixation System.

It provides maximum uptime with reduced emissions and discharges. For its environmental-friendly features, the KFELS B Class design was bestowed the prestigious Engineering Achievement Award from the Institution of Engineers Singapore in 2009.

Keppel FELS recently delivered two KFELS B Class rigs, Primus and Laurus, to Mexican company, Oro Negro in December 2012 and May 2013 respectively.

Two other similar rigs, the Tonala and Ocean Scepter, have also been operating successfully in Mexico.

The above contract is not expected to have a material impact on the net tangible assets or earnings per share of Keppel Corporation Limited for the current financial year.

 

 

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