Keppel Contracted to Build Floatel Semi-submersible

Press Release
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Floatel 'Superior': Photo credit Floatel International

Keppel and Floatel sign contract for a fourth accommodation semi at US$ 315-million.

Keppel FELS Limited and Floatel International Ltd (Floatel) have finalised a contract for Keppel FELS to build a new generation harsh environment accommodation semisubmersible.

With delivery in early 2015, the new semi will be built to the Floatel Superior design, a DSSTM 20NS design developed by GustoMSC and Keppel FELS' Deepwater Technology Group. Equipped with Dynamic Positioning (DP) 3 capability, it will meet the most stringent rules and regulations for worldwide operations including the Norwegian Sector.

Well equipped with a host of modern facilities, the semi will have a large payload and deck area in combination with dual cranes, also making it ideal for construction support during new construction, maintenance activities or for decommissioning projects of offshore oil and gas installations.

It will be able to accommodate 440 persons in single bed cabins with ample recreation areas as well as office amenities. 

Floating accommodation platforms are needed to provide additional living quarters for support personnel in exploration and production activities. Such support personnel are required during hook-up and commissioning in the development phase, for maintenance and upgrading during the production phase, as well as for decommissioning.

The two Floatel rigs delivered in 2010, Floatel Superior and Floatel Reliance, have been chartered to Statoil in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea and to Petrobras in Brazil's Campos Basin respectively.

Floatel Victory which is scheduled for delivery by Keppel FELS in 4Q 2013 has secured a charter with Chevron USA for its Jack St Malo field and with BP Exploration Operating Company for the Clair Ridge Development project on the UK Continental Shelf.

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