(EnergyAsia, December 19 2013, Thursday) — Singapore-based Keppel FELS Limited, the world’s top offshore-drilling rig maker, said it has delivered to US-based Hercules Offshore Inc a second KFELS Super A Class jackup rig for use in the harsh conditions of the North Sea.

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The Hercules Resilience was officially delivered on November 30, 45 days ahead of schedule, on budget and with a perfect safety record, said Keppel Corp, which delivered the first KFELS Super A Class rig to Hercules in April.

Keppel FELS has received six orders for this class of rigs over the last two years. Its enhanced leg design incorporates Keppel’s proven and reliable high capacity rack and pinion jacking system which ensures that the rig is able to jack up securely in a variety of challenging environments.

John T. Rynd, CEO of Houston, Texas-based Hercules Offshore, said:

“These rigs are among the world’s most elite jackup drilling rigs. The KFELS Super A Class rig provides higher variable load, better drilling capabilities and cantilever load performance as well as a larger deck space and superior accommodation complement.

“The initial contract for our first rig, Hercules Triumph, which is successfully working for Cairn India in the Indian Ocean drilling a high temperature, high pressure well, demonstrates worldwide versatility of the Super A design.”

Developed by Keppel FELS’ R&D arm, Offshore Technology Development (OTD), the rig represents an enhancement of the successful and proven KFELS A Class design.

The Hercules rigs have been customised to meet the company’s requirements to operate in water depths of 400 feet and drilling depths of 35,000 feet.

Wong Kok Seng, managing director (offshore) at Keppel Offshore & Marine and managing director at Keppel FELS, said:

“We are proud to be able to once again deliver another high quality rig to Hercules Offshore well ahead of time and to their highest satisfaction.

“Our proprietary KFELS Super A Class has been designed to operate efficiently in a wide variety of environments, especially cold climate areas with harsh conditions. This is the third such rig delivered and with another three on order, we believe the KFELS Super A Class design will become an industry benchmark for jackups of its class, following in the footsteps of our KFELS B Class design.”

Keppel FELS, a subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd, has delivered a KFELS Super A Class jackup rig to Ensco and is currently building another three for them.

With its fleet of 38 jackup rigs, 13 barge rigs and 64 liftboats, Hercules Offshore offers a range of services to oil and gas producers to meet their needs during drilling, well service, platform inspection, maintenance, and decommissioning operations in several key shallow water provinces around the world.