June 09, 2020

Awilco Rig 1, a wholly owned subsidiary of Awilco Drilling PLC has notified Keppel FELS Limited (KFELS) that it has exercised its contractual termination right under a newbuilding contract between KFELS and AR1 for the construction of a semi-submersible drilling rig, Nordic Winter, as a result of breaches under the Vessel Construction Contract.
The vessel construction contract provides that on termination AR1 will be entitled to a refund of the instalments paid to KFELS of USD 54,720,985 plus accrued interest.
Nordic Winter is one of the two semi-submersible drilling rigs of Moss Maritime CS60 Eco MW design ordered by Awilco Drilling subsidiaries from KFELS. In addition, separate Awilco Drilling subsidiaries have rig independent options for two additional rigs of the same design.
Awilco Drilling Limited was incorporated in December 2009 in connection with the acquisition of the semi-submersible drilling rigs, WilPhoenix and WilHunter. The company is registered in England & Wales with its operations based in Aberdeen, Scotland. The Company re-registered to a public company on 14 April 2011, under the name Awilco Drilling PLC. Awilco Drilling has recently embarked on a growth phase, with the ordering of two new Moss Maritime CS60 ECO MW drilling rigs from Keppel FELS, Singapore, with options for two further sister rigs.
(Source and image: Awilco Drilling)