Keppel hands over ‘world’s largest jack-up rig’ to Maersk

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Keppel FELS Limited has delivered the ultra-harsh jack-up rig, Maersk Integrator, to Maersk Drilling, thirty days ahead of schedule.

The rig was named at a ceremony held on February 14, 2015 in Keppel FELS by Margareth Øvrum, Executive Vice President, Technology, Projects and Drilling, Statoil. Maersk Integrator is an XL Enhanced (XLE) harsh environment jack-up rig and the third in the XLE series delivered to Maersk Drilling. It has been customised for operations in the North Sea and has been chartered on a four year term by Statoil for development drilling in the Gina Krog field in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The estimated contract value for the firm contract is $620 million.

Chow Yew Yuen, CEO of Keppel Offshore & Marine said: “This is the world’s largest rig and the third one in the series we have delivered to Maersk Drilling. Our achievement in delivering it so far ahead of schedule is a result of our execution excellence, good teamwork with Maersk Drilling and process improvements over three repeat projects. We have developed a strong partnership with Maersk Drilling, having built eight jack-ups and four semi-submersibles for them over the years.”

Collaborations between Keppel and Maersk Drilling span some 30 years and include the design, engineering, repair and construction of a variety of rigs and ships.

Claus V. Hemmingsen, CEO of Maersk Drilling and member of the Executive Board in the Maersk Group, said: “With Maersk Integrator, we now have three of the world’s largest, ultra-harsh environment jack-up rigs which enables us to offer a suite of strong solutions to the Norwegian jack-up market. The XLE rigs we have in operation now are performing very well; Maersk Intrepid at the Martin Linge field for Total Norway and Maersk Interceptor at Ivar Aasen for Det norske oljeselskap ASA.

“The early delivery and good performance of Keppel FELS is one of the reasons why we continually partner with Keppel. They have been able to consistently provide value-added services while delivering products of the highest technical abilities to our satisfaction.”

The XLE rig has a leg length of 206.8m (678ft) and is designed for year round operations in the North Sea, in water depths up to 150m (492ft).

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