Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS) has delivered to Hercules Offshore, Inc. their second harsh environment KFELS Super A Class jackup rig.
The rig was named Hercules Resilience at a ceremony today after it was officially delivered on 30 November 2013, 45 days ahead of schedule, on budget and with a perfect safety record. The first KFELS Super A Class rig for Hercules, Hercules Triumph, was delivered in April this year, 46 days ahead of schedule.
Designed for the harsh environmental conditions of the North Sea (UK Sector), the ultra high-specification jackup rig is also able to operate efficiently in virtually all parts of the world outside Norway and the Arctic. Its enhanced leg design incorporates Keppel’s proven and reliable high capacity rack and pinion jacking system which ensures that the rig is able to jack up securely in a variety of challenging environments.
Developed by Keppel FELS’ R&D arm, Offshore Technology Development (OTD), the KFELS Super A Class is an enhancement of the successful and proven KFELS A Class design. The Hercules rigs have been customised to meet the requirements of Hercules Offshore and are capable of operating in water depths of 400 feet and drilling depths of 35,000 feet.
The KFELS Super A Class is equipped with the state-of-the-art pinion overload detection, rack phase difference detection, and brake failure and overload protection devices. In addition to having strong drilling capabilities and cantilever load performance, the KFELS Super A Class has a two million pound hook load drilling system and includes a spacious deck and amenities to accommodate 150 men.
Keppel FELS has also delivered a KFELS Super A Class jackup rig to Ensco and is currently building another three more for them.
Press Release, December 16, 2013