Jurong Shipyard, a subsidiary of Sembcorp Marine, has won a $596m contract from Noble to build an ultra-high specification jack-up rig for deployment in the UK sector of the North Sea.

As part of the contract with option for an additional unit, Jurong will construct the jack-up rig based on the Gusto MSC CJ70 design and in line with a modified version of Statoil’s ‘Cat J’ specifications.

The rig will feature an air gap of 69m and will have the capacity to operate in water depths of up to 150m in severe environment.

Scheduled to be delivered in the first quarter of 2015, the rig will have a maximum total drilling depth capacity of 10,000m.

The improved Gusto MSC CJ70 jack-up will optimise HSE focus and will allow the rig to operate over a large platform or in a subsea configuration in water depths of up to 150m in the Norwegian sector.

Jurong Shipyard offshore division general manager William Gu said the latest contract further strengthens Jurong Shipyard’s position as a leading builder of customised rigs.