Awilco Drilling is pleased to confirm that first steel cutting took place for the lower hull of our new CS60 ECO drilling semi-submersible at Keppel FELS shipyard in Nantong, China. The company expects to also strike steel on the upper hull at KeppelFels in Singapore within December.
The new rig is scheduled for delivery in March 2021.
In March 2018 Keppel FELS secured a contract from Awilco to construct a Moss Maritime’s CS60 ECO MW semi-submersible drilling rig for harsh environment use, worth about US$425 million. The drilling rig will be outfitted for mid-water operations of up to depths of 1,500m.
Awilco placed a repeat order for a second unit in March 2019 worth about $425 million.
The new-build rig design is the MOSS CS60 ECO MW, a high-end harsh-environment semi-submersible drilling rig. This is a bespoke mid-water rig designed to offer customers best in class safety, environmental and operational performance. Incorporating the very latest in technology, this rig will deliver significant well cost saving and enhanced operational reliability whilst reducing our impact on the environment.
The CS60 ECO MW is both Norwegian and UK compliant and is predominantly targeted at these two markets, including the Barents Sea and Atlantic Margin.
Awilco Drilling, based in Aberdeen, UK, owns two midwater semi-submersibles, WilPhoenix and WilHunter, built in 1982 and 1983 respectively. The two rigs are currently idle.
(Source: Awilco Drilling – Image: Moss Maritime)