(EnergyAsia, August 13 2012, Monday) — Singapore’s leading rig builders, Sembcorp Marine and Keppel O&M, said two subsidiaries have secured contracts worth a total of nearly US$5 billion from Brazilian companies.
SembMarine said wholly owned Jurong Offshore Pte Ltd has been awarded contracts worth US$4.032 billion to design and build five drillships for Sete Brasil based on Jurong Shipyard’s proprietary Jurong Espadon drillship design.

Keppel FELS Brasil S/A has secured two contracts worth a total of about US$950 million from the Petrobras-led consortiums, Guara BV and Tupi BV, for the fabrication and integration of topside modules on the Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessels (FPSO) P-66 and P-69.
Earlier, Keppel O&M Corp said it won a US$4.1 billion deal to build five semi-submersible rigs for Sete Brasil.
Sembcorp said all six drillships will be built based on the Jurong next generation of high-specification drillships with advanced capabilities for operational efficiency for enhanced drilling operations as well as dynamic positioning class 3 capabilities with accommodation facilities for a crew of 180.

Due for delivery between 2Q 2015 and 2Q 2019, the ships are designed to operate in 10,000 ft water depth and drill to depths of 40,000 ft, and will be chartered to Petrobras, Odfjell and Seadrill.

Jose Carlos Ferraz, Sete Brasil’s CEO, said:

“We are pleased to sign the contracts for the design and construction of the five additional drillships with the Sembcorp Marine Group. With their established track record working in Brazil, we are confident that the high quality.”

Wong Weng Sun, President and CEO of Sembcorp Marine, said:

“Including the one unit of drillship that was announced earlier, we will be building a total of six drillships for Brazil’s deepwater oil fields. We thank Sete Brasil for their continued confidence in our design and capabilities and for selecting us to be a key partner to spearhead Brazil’s drillship building programme. The series of orders will also provide greater impetus for us to accelerate our shipyard building programme in Brazil.”