Keppel Offshore & Marine's (Keppel O&M) wholly owned subsidiary Keppel FELS has delivered two jackup rigs to Mexican company, Grupo R to support operations at the $5bn Cantarell oil field located offshore Mexico.
The two rigs, Cantarell I and Cantarell II, will be used to support operations at the Mexico national oil company Pemex’s oil field located 100km off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in the Gulf of Mexico.
The rigs are part of a contract awarded to Keppel FELS by Grupo R. The contract includes supply of five jackup rigs, featuring KFELS B Class design.
Keppel FELS managing director Wong Kok Seng said: "Despite the current low oil price environment, the market continues to prefer safe and efficient rigs with a proven track record like our KFELS B Class."
Designed to operate in water depths of 400ft, the KFELS B class jackup rig has been developed by Keppel’s Offshore Technology Development (OTD) and has the capacity to drill to depths of 30,000ft.
Featuring fully automated rack and pinion jacking system, the KFELS B also comprises a self-positioning fixation system and can accommodate 150 people, according to Keppel.
Grupo R CEO Ramiro Garza earlier said: "In spite of the current low oil price environment, Mexico is focused on finding new resources to increase its oil production in the face of a long-term decline.
"We have built these rigs with Keppel FELS to ensure cost-efficiencies in getting customized and high-quality products that are able to exceed the expectations of our customers."
Keppel said it also repaired and serviced its 18 rigs installed in Mexico.
Image: The Cantarell oil field is located 100km off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo: courtesy of The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank).