Keppel delivers third Maersk DSS 21 semi

by Hans | April 16th, 2010

Keppel FELS has delivered the third DSS 21 deepwater semisubmersible (semi) drilling rig to Maersk Drilling 43 days ahead of schedule and with a perfect safety record, garnering a bonus of $400,000.
Claus V. Hemmingsen, ceo of Maersk Drilling said, “Now, with the addition of Maersk Deepwater Semi III, our high-specification DSS 21 rig fleet which is in the league of some of the world’s most advanced deepwater rigs will help position Maersk Drilling as the leading offshore solutions provider in the industry.” Keppel O&M is the only shipyard group in the world to have its own suite of proprietary deepwater rig designs. Jointly developed and owned by the Keppel’s Deepwater Technology Group and Marine Structure Consultants, the DSS Series of deepwater rigs are designed for maximum uptime with reduced emissions and discharges.

“The demand for modern drillings rigs has increased over the past years concurrently with the growing technical challenges we are faced with in the drilling industry. The search for new finds is moving to deeper waters and areas with complex soil conditions and more advanced drilling rigs are needed to meet those challenges. Our ultra deepwater semisubmersibles are well equipped to meet this demand,” Hemmingsen added.

DSS series rigs are cost effective exploration units capable of drilling down 10,000m wells and operating at a water depth of 3,000m. The series also features a dynamic positioning system, with the ability to attach to a pre-laid mooring system.

Source: The Motorship

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