New York-listed drilling contractor Ensco has taken delivery of its third Ensco 120 series ultra-premium harsh environment jack-up rig from Singapore’s Keppel Fels.
The Singapore shipyard said the delivery had come ahead of schedule, which was originally announced as being targeted for the third quarter.
The Ensco 122 is contracted to NAM, the Dutch joint venture of Shell and ExxonMobil, on a multi-year charter for work in the North Sea.
Keppel Offshore & Marine managing director Wong Kok Seng said the two companies had now partnered on a total of 19 newbuilds to date and the 120 series was becoming a standard in its class in the North Sea.
Ensco’s senior vice president in technical John Knowlton said the unit had been successfully contracted ahead of delivery thanks to proprietary technology and differentiated designs tailored to market needs.
Last November, London-registered, Houston-based Ensco ordered a fourth of the Super A class rigs with an option on a fifth for a total construction cost of about $285 million.
Ensco originally ordered two of the rigs in February 2011 for $230 million each that were delivered last year, and added a third in October 2011 for a construction price of around $245 million.
The KFELS Super A Class jack-up can operate in a variety of environments in water depths up to 400 feet and drill to depths of 40,000 feet including ultra-deep and ultra-long reach wells.