Ensco exercises option on third jackup construction by Keppel FELS

Ensco has ordered a new harsh environment jackup rig under a contract with Keppel FELS Ltd.

Offshore staff

HOUSTON – Ensco has ordered a new harsh environment jackup rig under a contract with Keppel FELS Ltd. The price of the rig including construction, commissioning, systems integration testing, project management is $260 million.

Delivery is scheduled for third quarter 2014 and the rig will have the same design as the initial two rigs ordered earlier this year that are scheduled for delivery in 2013.

All three jackups are enhanced versions of the FELS Super A design capable of operating in water depths up to 400 ft (122 m) in harsh environments such as the Central North Sea. The rig will have high-temperature/high-pressure equipment, a state-of-the-art cantilever envelope, 2.5 million pound quad derrick, automated hands-free offline pipe handling systems, ultra-high capacity jacking and fixation systems, 150 person quarters, and strict noise and ergonomic standards.

One Ensco option for construction of another jackup rig has expired without being exercised and the company has a separate, extended option with Samsung for another drillship.

10/06/2011

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