Keppel delivers fourth jackup rig to GDI of Qatar
Keppel FELS Ltd. has delivered its fourth jackup rig, Dukhan, to Gulf Drilling International Ltd. (GDI) of Qatar nine days ahead of schedule.
Dukhan is a high-specification rig built to Keppel’s proprietary KFELS B Class design. Keppel FELS has previously delivered three similar jackup rigs to GDI – Al Khor, Al Zubarah, and Les-hat.
Customized for GDI with features that enable it to work anywhere in Qatar,Dukhan will be chartered to Qatar Petroleum for five years. The KFELS B Class is equipped with larger spud cans for reduced bearing pressure which expands its operational coverage, especially in sea beds where soft soil is predominant.
The rig includes a 15,000-psi choke system for well control and can drill wells through 30,000 ft (9,144 m) with a cantilever that can skid out 75 ft (23 m) from the edge of the hull to drill wells. It also features an offline stand building and 7,500-psi mud pumps.
Besides the four jackup rigs Keppel has built for GDI, N-KOM, its joint venture shipyard with Qatar Gas Transport Co., is constructing a self-propelled and self-elevating liftboat customized for GDI. N-KOM has also been awarded a six-year repair and maintenance contract for GDI’s fleet of jackup rigs operating in theMiddle East.