Arabian Drilling, ADES Charter Four Keppel Jack-ups for Saudi Aramco Work

©Keppel Corp.
©Keppel Corp.

Singapore's Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M), has completed the modification works for four KFELS B Class jack-up rigs which will be deployed on bareboat charters in Saudi Arabia this month.

The rigs are being chartered in pairs by Arabian Drilling Company (ADC) and ADES Saudi Limited Company (ADES) respectively, and are expected to generate a total charter revenue of about S$250 million over three to five years.

These four rigs and their bareboat charter agreements form part of Keppel O&M’s legacy rigs and will be transferred to Asset Co, which is majority-owned by external investors, upon completion of the proposed combination of Keppel O&M and Sembcorp Marine.

Drilling Rigs to Work for Saudi Aramco

The rigs chartered to ADC, ARABDRILL110 and ARABDRILL 120, were handed over on October 13 at the shipyard with Abdullah AlMahdi, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Singapore, as the guest of honor..

The rigs have bareboat charter contracts for three years with a one-year extension option. They will be sent to Saudi Arabia to work for Saudi Aramco, the country's national oil company.©Keppel Corp.

The modifications to the rigs for ADES, ADMARINE 683 and ADMARINE 684, were finished earlier this month. The rigs have been chartered for five years and are also being deployed for Saudi Aramco in Saudi Arabia.

Built to Keppel O&M’s KFELS B Class design, the four high-specification rigs are able to operate in water depths of up to 400 feet and drill to 30,000 feet deep, according to Keppel.

In preparation for their charters in Saudi Arabia, these rigs have been further customized to work for Saudi Aramco, Keppel said, without going into details on what these customizations entailed.

Jack-up Rig Demand on the Rise

Tan Leong Peng, Managing Director (New Builds) of Keppel O&M said, “We are pleased that four of our rig assets are being put to productive work and will soon generate recurring income as they embark on their charter contracts with our valued customers ADC and ADES. The project teams at Keppel O&M have worked hard to expedite the rigs’ modification works, enabling these assets to start their charters on schedule in Saudi Arabia.

“As utilization and day rates continue to rise, we are seeing demand for modern, high-specification jack-up rigs grow. Riding on this growing demand, all our legacy KFELS B Class rigs have been contracted. Operationally ready rigs with good track records and stable cash flows are attractive assets that will enjoy a strong advantage with operators and investors. We are confident that our customers will appreciate the strong value proposition that Keppel’s high quality and cost-effective rig assets provide.”

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