Keppel delivers Super A Class to Discovery

Keppel FELS has delivered its first KFELS Super A Class jackup rig to Discovery Offshore for use in the North Sea. 

Named Discovery Triumph, the first KFELS Super A Class jackup was delivered 46 days ahead of schedule and with a perfect safety record, says Keppel.

The ultra high-specification jackup was designed by Keppel FELS' R&D arm, Offshore Technology Development, for the harsh environmental conditions of the UK North Sea.

It was based on an enhancement of the A Class design, has an enhanced leg design using Keppel's rack and pinion jacking system and is capable of operating in water depths of 400 feet and drilling depths of 35,000 feet.

The KFELS Super A Class has Keppel's own pinion overload detection, rack phase difference detection, and brake failure and overload protection devices.

It also has 2million lb hook load drilling system and includes a spacious deck and amenities to accommodate 150 people.

John Rynd, CEO of Hercules Offshore, parent company of Discovery Offshore, says: "As this North Sea-compliant rig is able to operate efficiently in virtually all parts of the world outside Norway and the Arctic, we also see many opportunities for it to be deployed in other parts of the world to generate maximum utilisation."

Discovery Triumph will be joined in Discovery's fleet be a second KFELS Super A Class rig later this year.

Keppel FELS is also currently building another three KFELS Super A Class jackup rigs for Ensco.


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