Mexico’s Perforadora Central has awarded a contract to Keppel AmFELS to build a repeat jackup worth $205 million. Slated for delivery in Q1 2014, the rig will have leg lengths of 511 ft and the capability to drill wells up to 30,000 ft at a water depth of up to 375 ft.
Keppel AmFELS completed Tonala, an ultra-premium KFELS B Class jackup for Perforadora Central in 2004, followed by Tuxpan, a LeTourneau S116E rig in 2010. The Papaloapan jackup, which was ordered by Perforadora Central in March 2011, is under construction and on track for delivery Q1 2013.
According to Perforadora Central, “Our Tonala and Tuxpan jackups are turning in excellent performances for PEMEX in Mexico while construction of Papaloapan is ahead of schedule. We are just as confident that our latest newbuild by Keppel AmFELS will be another exceptional product to boost our track record and establish us as the foremost provider of drilling solutions in Mexico.”
Keppel AmFELS noted that it is pursuing other projects with PEMEX. “We have endured the post-Macondo challenges well. Having recently secured the Ocean Onyx semisubmersible major upgrade and a series of repairs, this newbuild jackup adds to a healthy workload through Q1 2014,” said Tan Geok Seng, president of Keppel AmFELS.