Floatel takes second accommodation semi

Keppel FELS has delivered its second semisubmersible accommodation rig to Floatel International, 63 days ahead of schedule.

Offshore staff

SINGAPORE -- Keppel FELS has delivered its second semisubmersible accommodation rig to Floatel International, 63 days ahead of schedule.

The Floatel Reliance is contracted to Petrobras for five years, with operations due to start early next year 2011. The rig will be wet-towed from Singapore to Rio de Janeiro, with the journey set to take up to 65 days.

The six-column rig provides accommodation for 500 personnel. It can operate alongside fixed platforms, with a fully redundant dynamic positioning system, a high crane capacity, and fire-fighting capabilities

Peter Jacobsson, CEO of Floatel International, said: "Securing a long-term contract for Floatel Reliance even before completion is a strong sign of the market's assurance in the superiority of the new-generation KFELS SSAUTM 3600 design.”

In March Keppel FELS delivered the sister rig Floatel Superior, of the DSSTM 20NS design. After completed a three-month charter for ConocoPhillips Australia, the rig recently sailed to the Norwegian North Sea, where it will initially support Talisman Energy Norge’s YME field development, followed by work for Statoil Petroleum.

10/29/2010

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