Keppel orders Kongsberg package for Awilco newbuild drilling rig

Singapore’s offshore rig builder Keppel has ordered Kongsberg equipment for a semi-submersible drilling rig it is building for Awilco Drilling.

Kongsberg Maritime said this was its first milestone order for a major project combining Kongsberg control and electrical systems with power, propulsion, and mooring solutions. The contract is valued at approximately NOK 350 million (~$40 million).

According to the Norwegian equipment supplier, the contract for the Moss CS60Eco semi-submersible drilling rig covers a diverse technology and equipment package, previously not available from a single partner serving the shipbuilding sector. Delivery will take place during Q2/Q3 2020 with the rig due for completion in March 2022.

“Our contract with KeppelFELS demonstrates our position as a world class, global organization with the unique ability to supply operational technology and major ship’s equipment as a single contract,” said Egil Haugsdal, President, Kongsberg Maritime. “As one Kongsberg Maritime, our goal is to provide sustainable, safe and cost-effective integrated solutions that optimize operations and deliver value across the board”, says Haugsdal.

The drilling rig itself is the second newbuild recently ordered by Awilco from Keppel. It is designed for harsh environment use, and will be equipped and certified for drilling on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, including in the Barents Sea, in water depths up to 5000ft.

The cost of the rig delivered from the yard in Singapore is around $425 million.


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