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Gulf Drilling International renews options for more jack-up rigs from Keppel

Gulf Drilling International (GDI) has renewed options for two more KFELS B-Class jack-up drilling rigs from Keppel FELS for delivery in 2018 and 2019.

The Qatari drilling company has so far taken delivery of five such rigs from the Singapore-based builder. The latest rig, Halul, was delivered on January 21, which Keppel said was “ten days ahead of schedule, on budget and with a perfect safety record”.

“Reliability, safety, efficiency and quality are our top priorities in choosing a rig and a shipyard. Keppel FELS and the KFELS B Class design have demonstrated their strengths in these areas repeatedly. That is why we have chosen to renew our options for two more rigs with them,” said Mubarak A. Al-Hajri, GDI’s CEO and managing director.

“We are confident in the long-term fundamentals of the industry and when the market recovers, we will be well-equipped to meet the demand.”

GDI’s other KFELS B-Class rigs Dukhan and Al Zubarah are operating for Qatar Petroleum; Al Khor is employed on a contract with Shell.

The rigs are able to drill to depths of 30,000 feet with a cantilever that can skid out 70 feet from the edge of the hull to drill wells.

Nakilat-Keppel O&M, Keppel’s joint-venture shipyard in Qatar, has just completed a self-propelled, self-elevating liftboat for GDI.

Holly Birkett

Holly is Splash's Online Editor and correspondent for the UK and Mediterranean. She has been a maritime journalist since 2010, and has written for and edited several trade publications. She is currently studying for membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. In 2013, Holly won the Seahorse Club's Social Media Journalist of the Year award. She is currently based in London.
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