Keppel Hands Over Jack-Up Rig ‘ARABDRILL …

first_imgKeppel Corporation, December 27, 2013 Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location zoom Keppel FELS Ltd has delivered ARABDRILL 60, a KFELS B Class jackup rig, to Arabian Drilling Company (ADC) five days ahead of schedule, on budget and with a perfect safety record. This marks the 21st new build offshore rig that Keppel FELS has delivered in 2013, setting a new record for the most number of rig deliveries by a company in a year.The rig was named at a ceremony today in the presence of Mr Mohamed Yousuf Rafie, Chairman, ADC’s Board of Directors and Mr Lawrence Wong, Singapore’s Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information as the Guests of Honour. Mr Mohamed Yousof Rafie, Chairman, Board of Directors, ADC said, “The performance of our first new KFELS B Class rig, ARABDRILL 50, has fully met our expectations and we are now pleased to receive ARABDRILL 60 which we are confident will be just as successful. Together, these two high specification rigs enable us to offer Saudi Aramco productive, safe and cost-efficient drilling operations. We have been impressed with the commitment by Keppel FELS in delivering to high quality and safety standards, while ensuring our requirements were met. This is a win-win partnership we have built with Keppel that we hope to continue into the future.”Mr Saad Saab, Managing Director (Administration), ADC, also thanked Keppel FELS for delivering ARABDRILL 60 ahead of schedule and with an excellent safety record. Mr Muhammad Umar Loan, Managing Director (Technical), ADC, added that the project was completed well with some variation orders to bring the rig in compliance with Saudi Aramco’s contract. While thanking Keppel FELS, Mr Muhammad Umar Loan also congratulated DNV-GL and the ADC project management teams on completing this project safely and ahead of schedule.On how Keppel FELS managed to deliver 21 rigs in a year, Mr Wong Kok Seng, Managing Director (Offshore), Keppel Offshore & Marine and Managing Director, Keppel FELS said, “Building a KFELS B class jackup rig involves coordination among multiple parties and over a thousand workers. This year, we had some 45 projects going on at the same time. We streamlined the building process through new technology and equipment as well as having an innovative construction methodology. All our departments worked seamlessly together to set new benchmarks.“Even though we had so many deliveries, every customer, such as ADC, is important, and we worked closely with them to understand their needs. We set out to deliver 20 and ended up delivering 21 rigs on time or ahead of schedule and safely. Our previous record was 13 in 2009. That is the Keppel standard. We always challenge ourselves to do better.”ARABDRILL 60 will be ADC’s third jackup rig from Keppel FELS and has been chartered to Saudi Arabia’s national oil company, Saudi Aramco. The first of the two new rigs, ARABDRILL 50, was delivered earlier this year and is already working successfully for Saudi Aramco. ADC also owns ARABDRILL 30, another KFELS B Class rig since 2009 and the rig is operating for the Al-Khafji Joint Operations (AGOC/KGOC). A strong supporter of Saudi Arabia’s offshore drilling programme, Keppel FELS also previously delivered SAR 202, a KFELS Super B Class jackup for Saudi Aramco. Three other rigs, AOD I, AOD II and AOD III delivered to Asia Offshore Drilling this year are also contracted to Saudi Aramco.ARABDRILL 60 is the 51st KFELS B Class rig delivered since 2002, and this class of rigs makes up more than 30% of the total jackups completed globally since 2000. This award-winning design has a proven track record of global operations, and has established itself as the benchmark in the industry. In 2013 alone, a total of 15 KFELS B Class rigs were delivered while another 18 were ordered.Developed by Keppel’s technology arms, Offshore Technology Development (OTD) and Bennett Offshore, the KFELS B Class jackup design is able to operate in water depths of up to 400 feet and drill to depths of 30,000 feet which is readily upgradeable to higher performance capabilities.The robust rig incorporates Keppel’s advanced and fully-automated high capacity rack and pinion jacking system, and Self-Positioning Fixation System. Designed with industry-leading features for safety and environmental friendliness, the KFELS B Class provides maximum uptime with reduced emissions and discharges.last_img read more

Hamiltonians weigh in on Bratinas parliamentary bid

Hamilton mayor Bob Bratina wants to run for the federal Liberals. He is in the process of filling out all necessary paperwork in the application process. It has been reported that this shift to federal politics has pleased party leader Justin Trudeau. His riding choice: Hamilton East-Stoney Creek, the area Bratina was born and raised. Riding president Vito Sgro says completing all the paperwork including a police and credit check is just the first step in becoming a candidate. Once the party approves his application, Bratina, 70, will be allowed to sell memberships in case of a contested nomination. The riding president says he does not know if anyone else has taken out the application paperwork but has said three others confidentially expressed interest in running. It was originally believed that Bratina would seek nomination in Hamilton Centre which an unchallenged Anne Tennier claimed last month. The impression is that Bratina is full steam ahead in Hamilton East-Stoney Creek, which has been held by NDP MP Wayne Marston since 2006. CHCH’s Nicole Martin got reaction from Hamiltonians this morning. read more

Pubs to stay open late to celebrate wedding of Prince Harry and

first_imgNoting that the wedding will take place on the same day as the FA Cup Final, the Home Office said there have been no reports of “increased disorder” as a result of previous extensions to licensing hours, which have also coincided with major football fixtures.The Home Secretary can make an order relaxing licensing hours for licensed premises in relation to a “celebration period” to mark an occasion of exceptional international, national or local significance. Harry and Meghan will marry at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, on Saturday May 19.Licensing hours will be extended on the nights of Friday May 18 and Saturday May 19 until 1am the following mornings. Since the introduction of the Licensing Act 2003, the power has been used for a number of occasions including the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations in 2016.The latest extension was welcomed by Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the British Beer and Pub Association.She said: “We are delighted with the Government’s decision to extend licensing hours in the on-trade for the royal wedding.”This will allow the nation to celebrate and raise a glass to Harry and Meghan in a responsible manner, whilst giving a timely boost to the great British beer and pub sector.”On Friday Harry and Meghan announced that thousands of people will be invited into the grounds of Windsor Castle to share their wedding day.center_img Pubs have been given the green light to stay open later to celebrate the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.Home Secretary Amber Rudd confirmed that licensing hours across England and Wales would be relaxed to mark the royal wedding in May.The plans to relax restrictions on opening hours were revealed by the Sunday Telegraph in January. The move has now been confirmed following a four-week consultation.It means pubs, bars and other licensed premises can keep serving until 1am on the morning of the nuptials, and again after the couple have tied the knot.Ms Rudd said: “The royal wedding is a chance for communities across the country to join together and celebrate this momentous and happy occasion for our royal family and for our nation.”As shown by the support for the proposal to extend licensing hours, it’s clear that the public back the idea of having more time to raise a glass to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on a day of national celebration.”last_img read more