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    AMFELS lays keel of jack-up ahead of schedule

    Yard News // July 5, 2002
    AMFELS Inc, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore's Keppel Corporation Limited through Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd, has laid the keel for new jack-up rig, Tonala, one month ahead of schedule.

    The $83 million contract for the rig was signed in April 2002 with Mexican company, Perforadora Central SA de CV.

    Tonala is a KFELS MOD V "B" class jack-up, enhanced with Keppel's proprietary jacking and fixation systems developed by its research and technology arm, Offshore Technology Development.

    Due for delivery in the first quarter of 2004, Tonala is the fourth "B" class rig ordered in two years. The first "B" class, Chiles Discovery, was delivered by Keppel FELS in Singapore. Its sister rig, Chiles Galileo, now under construction at AMFELS forthe same owner, Chiles Offshore, is due to be delivered in September 2002. The third rig, Atwood Beacon, is currently being built in Keppel FELS for Atwood Oceanics Pacific Limited and is due to be delivered in June 2003.

    Texas-based AMFELS is part of the Keppel Offshore & Marine group headquartered in Singapore.

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