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Gulf Drilling International Ltd. is to build two new high-specification jack-up rigs

2011-05-11

Gulf Drilling International Ltd. (GDI) of Qatar, an equity-method affiliate of Japan Drilling Co., Ltd. (JDC), has announced the award on May 11, 2011 to Keppel FELS Limited of Singapore (Keppel FELS) to build two high-specification KFELS B Class Bigfoot jack-up rigs, worth about US$393 million.

Scheduled for delivery in the third quarters of 2013 and 2014, the two latest rigs mark GDI's first new orders in six years, and will increase the company's jack-up rig fleet count to seven units.

These contracts of GDI follow closely after JDC's award of a new build contract for one high-specification KFELS Super B Class jack-up drilling rig with Keppel FELS on March 15, 2011 with the delivery slated for the end of March, 2013.