Keel laying ceremony for new jack-up rig in China

China’s Huangpu Shipyard recently held the keel laying ceremony for the H6001 R-550D Zentech jack-up rig being built for Alliance Offshore Drilling (AOD).


The R550-D is a Zentech-designed jack-up drilling rig capable of operating in a water depth of up to 400 feet (121.9 meters).

According to China’s TSC this will be a high performance, three legged, extended reach cantilever type jack-up drilling rig, designed for worldwide service in up to 400 feet water depth.  The design has been approved by the American Bureau of Shipping.

Keel Laying China Zentech rig

“The R550-D rig successfully combines Huangpu Shipyards’ shipbuilding strengths with TSC’s integrated drilling package, project management, commissioning and service expertise. This cooperation will help raise a new generation and brand of high performance jack-up platforms in the offshore industry,” reads a statement by China’s TSC.

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