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28 Jan 2008

Keppel FELS completes second major Singaporean project for Qatar

It also delivers another jackup rig, WilBoss, ahead of schedule

Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Limited (Keppel O&M), has completed the construction of its second jackup drilling rig for Gulf Drilling International Ltd (GDI), a joint venture between Qatar Petroleum (QP) and Japan Drilling Co., Ltd. (JDC).

At a ceremony on 26 January 2008, the rig was named Al-Zubarah, after one of Qatar’s very important economic centres, by Mr Mohammad Al-Shirrawi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of GDI.

Mr Al-Shirrawi said, “We are gathered here to inaugurate and name GDI’s new rig that has been built by one of the very well known names in the industry – Keppel FELS. To make this rig ready for operations within such a tight schedule, many men and women have worked extremely hard and made many sacrifices.”

Built to Keppel’s proprietary KFELS B Class design, the rig has been customised to GDI’s requirements for drilling in the Arabian Gulf. Al-Zubarah is capable of operating in water depths of up to 300 feet, drilling 30,000 feet deep and accommodating up to 110 men.

Mr Yousif R. Al-Khater, CEO of GDI said, “We are proud that Al-Zubarah is completed safely with a good record of construction progress. I appreciate the effort, dedication and professionalism of the Keppel FELS Management and their staff. Because of the excellent relationship that we share, the rig is completed and ready for delivery to our client.”

Mr Choo Chiau Beng, Chairman and CEO of Keppel O&M, said, “With the addition of Al-Zubarah to its fleet, GDI is a step closer to realise its vision of becoming a world class drilling services provider. Keppel FELS is honoured to play an important role in helping GDI, and Qatar, to achieve its aim.”

Al-Zubarah is the second KFELS B Class jackup that Keppel FELS has completed for GDI. The first rig, Al-Khor, is successfully operating offshore Qatar in the Arabian Gulf.

Apart from offshore drilling rigs, the Keppel Group is also building for Qatar its first integrated solid waste treatment facility and its largest wastewater treatment and reuse plant. Other collaborations include the setting up of a shipyard in the port of Ras Laffan and the survey, maintenance and repair of a fleet of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) carriers chartered by Qatar Liquefied Gas Company Ltd (Qatargas).

Early Delivery
Keppel FELS also delivered another jackup drilling rig 10 days ahead of contractual schedule to Awilco Offshore ASA (Awilco), a member of the Anders Wilhelmsen Group.

Like Al-Zubarah, this jackup rig, WilBoss, is of the KFELS B Class rig design.

Mr Tong Chong Heong, Managing Director and COO of Keppel O&M, said, “Keppel FELS aims to be the provider of choice and partner in solutions by creating value for our customers, delivering cost effective, high quality products, on time and within budget. We are happy to achieve this early delivery despite the tight market for labour and equipment.

“We owe this to the support of our sub-contractors, vendors and customers as well as the excellent planning and hard work of our people at all levels.”

The rig is the second of three rigs Keppel FELS is building for Awilco. The first rig, WilCraft was delivered ahead of schedule in December 2006. The third rig is scheduled for delivery in second quarter of 2009.

Mr Pete England, Area Manager of Awilco said, “On behalf of Awilco, I would like to congratulate Keppel FELS for delivering WilBoss on schedule and on budget. This is truly a major achievement.”

Keppel FELS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Corporation, through Keppel O&M, a leader in offshore rigs, shiprepair and conversion and specialised shipbuilding. Keppel O&M’s near market, near customer strategy is bolstered by a global network of 20 yards in the Asia Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, Brazil, the Caspian Sea, Middle East and the North Sea regions. Integrating the experience and expertise of its yards worldwide, the group aims to be the provider of choice and partner in solutions for the offshore and marine industry.

For further information, please contact

Sarah Seah
Deputy General Manager
Keppel Group Corporate Communications
Tel: (65) 64136 420



Al-Zubarah is the second major project Keppel has completed for Qatar.

Mr Yousif Al-Khater, CEO of GDI, Mr Mohammed Al-Shirrawi, Chairman of GDI’s Board of Directors, Mr Choo Chiau Beng, Chairman/CEO of Keppel O&M, His Excellency Mr Rashid Ali Hassan Al-Khater, Qatar Ambassador to Singapore and Mr Tong Chong Heong, MD/COO of Keppel O&M at the naming ceremony of Al-Zubarah on 26 January 2008 at Keppel FELS yard.