On Saturday 30 May 2015, Grupo R and Keppel FELS made history as the first triple rig naming ceremony was held at Keppel FELS’ yard in Singapore. Mr Chan Chun Sing, Singapore’s Minister in Prime Minister’s Office and Secretary-General of the National Trades Union Congress was the Guest of Honour.
Built to Keppel’s proprietary KFELS B Class design, the three identical rigs were named CANTARELL I, CANTARELL II and CANTARELL III, after the Cantarell oil field in offshore Mexico. They are the first three of five rigs that Keppel FELS is building for Grupo R.
The KFELS B Class jackup is designed to operate in water depths of up to 400 feet and drill to depths of 30,000 feet. Developed by Keppel’s Offshore Technology Development (OTD), the KFELS B Class jackup is equipped with an advanced and fully-automated high capacity rack and pinion jacking system, and Self-Positioning Fixation System. It has accommodation with full amenities for 150 personnel.
Mr Ramiro Garza, CEO of Grupo R, said, “In spite of the current low oil price environment, Mexico is focused on finding new resources to increase its oil production in the face of a long-term decline. Our new KFELS B Class jackup rigs are highly efficient with a proven track record. Combined with our expertise and experience, these five rigs – three now and two later – will strengthen our position as the leading drilling contractor in Mexico.
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