KEPPEL Offshore & Marine subsidiary Keppel FELS Limited recently delivered two jackup rigs to Mexican company, Grupo R.

Built to Keppel’s proprietary KFELS B Class design, the rigs, CANTARELL I and CANTARELL II, will be chartered to PEMEX, Mexico’s national oil company, for operations in the Cantarell oilfield offshore Mexico.

They are the first two of five jackup rigs that Keppel is building for Grupo R.

Keppel 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 the KFELS B Class.

Keppel said with the two rigs delivered, there will be ten KFELS B Class rigs working in Mexico, two of which are directly owned by PEMEX.

It is the dominant rig design in the region, with those already in operation turning out robust, efficient and economical, performances for Mexico, Keppel said.

The KFELS B Class jackup is designed to operate in water depths of up to 400 feet and drill to depths of 30,000 feet.

Developed by Keppel’s offshore technology development (OTD), the KFELS B Class jackup is equipped with a fully-automated high capacity rack and pinion jacking system, and a self-positioning fixation system.

It has accommodation with full amenities for 150 persons.

Keppel has maintained a strong place in the market having delivered three rigs this year to date.

Keppel has delivered projects to Mexico since 2004 when it was awarded a contract to build two accommodation modules.

Besides building new jackup rigs for Mexico, Keppel has also repaired and serviced a total of 18 rigs that have been deployed in Mexico, the company said.