FELS Launches Second A.P. Moller Rig

Far East Levingston Shipbuilding Ltd (FELS) has successfully launched the second of two giant jackup rigs it is building for A.P. Moller of Denmark.

The rig was recently eased out of the 400,000-dwt Admiral Dock at FELS Pioneer Yard. It was a delicate operation requiring precision maneuvering since there was less than a meter's clearance between the sides of the hull and the dock walls.

The jackup is now at the South Quay where FELS will install the cantilever, drill-floor and the rest of the leg sections before commissioning the equipment.

Work on the first A.P. Moller rig, launched last September, is at a more advanced stage. Measuring 256.5 feet by 296.27 feet by 35.4 feet, these two rigs will be the largest in the world when completed this year. FELS recently also completed lifeenhancement modifications and conversion of a semisubmersible which recently left Pioneer Yard.

The yard carried out extensive modifications to extend the life of the 18-year-old Sedco 702, which was also converted to enable it to perform tender-assisted drilling operations. The life-enhancement modifications and conversion are believed to be the first in the industry. For further information on the facilities and capabilities for FELS,

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