Rowan accepts first of four jack-ups

Keppel AmFELS has delivered the first of four EXL jack-up rigs to Rowan Drilling Company.

Offshore staff

BROWNSVILLE, Texas -- Keppel AmFELS has delivered the first of four EXL jack-up rigs to Rowan Drilling Company.

The Rowan EXL I should be deployed for work immediately after delivery, executing a 10-month contract with McMoRan Exploration Company in the Gulf of Mexico.

Mr David Russell, President, Rowan, said, “With the strengthening demand of higher-specification jackups for deep and difficult wells worldwide, the addition of the Rowan EXL rigs to our premium fleet will augment our asset base and boost our ability to meet the growing needs of our customers.

Keppel AmFELS says construction of the three other similar jackups for Rowan is progressing well. All are within schedule and budget.

The ABS-classed rigs, built as an enhancement of the LeTourneau Super 116E design, are designed to drill high-pressure, high-temperature and extended-reach wells worldwide. They can operate in water depths of 350 ft (106 m) or more and can drill to a sub-surface depth of 35,000 ft (106,680 m).

05/04/2010

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