Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS) has secured a contract from Awilco to construct a mid-water semisubmersible (semi) drilling rig for harsh environment use, worth about USD 425M.
Scheduled for completion in 1Q 2021, the rig will be built to Moss Maritime’s CS60 ECO MW design. Compared to the ultra-deepwater CS60, this is a compact version specially designed, configured and outfitted for mid-water operations of up to depths of 1,500m.
Boasting a low environmental footprint, the drilling rig is designed for operations in harsh environments, including the Norwegian Continental Shelf, UK Continental shelf and Barents Sea. Equipped with a hydraulic hoisting system capable of two million pounds of lifting capacity, it also features an optimised 12 point thruster assisted mooring system for vessel station keeping, complete with hybrid power supply and energy saving features. The rig is also equipped with digitalisation, including condition monitoring systems, which will enhance the drilling efficiency and reliability of the rig, while reducing likelihood of downtime.