Keppel delivers first jackup rig of 2009 to Maersk Driling

Keppel FELS, Singapore, has delivered the third of four high efficiency jackup rigs to Maersk Drilling.

The rig was named ‘Maersk Resolve’, by Mrs Sun-hee Madsen, spouse of Mr Erik Madsen, Maersk Drilling’s Site Manager at a ceremony yesterday (January 21). Tong Chong Heong, Keppel Offshore and Marine’s newly appointed CEO said that beginning with ‘Maersk Resolve’, Keppel FELS would deliver as many as 14 rigs in 2009. The series of high efficiency rigs ordered by Maersk Drilling have a maximum operating depth of 105 metres and are suitable for drilling deep, high temperature/ high pressure wells of 9,145 metres. They are also highly automated for safe operations. The first rig, ‘Maersk Resilient’, was delivered in February 2008 and has commenced operations for Dubai Petroleum Establishment. The second rig, ‘Maersk Resolute’, was delivered in August 2008 and has been contracted to Dong Energy for operations in the Danish part of the North Sea over three years. Meanwhile, the fourth and final jackup rig of this fleet is on-track for delivery in the second quarter of 2009. Keppel FELS also recently delivered the ‘Maersk Developer’, the first of three semisubmersibles to Maersk Drilling.

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