Maersk Drilling Takes Early Delivery of World’s …

first_imgThe rig, which will be named at a ceremony in Norway in October 2014, is a XL Enhanced (XLE) harsh environment jackup rig. It has been customised for operations in the North Sea and has been chartered by Det norske oljeselskap ASA (Det norske) for deployment in the Ivar Aasen project in Norway for five years.Mr Chow Yew Yuen, CEO of Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M), said, “This is the largest rig in the world and we are proud to have delivered it seven days ahead of schedule. It is a result of the close partnership we have developed with Maersk Drilling. We are grateful to have been chosen time and again to assist in the expansion of Maersk Drilling’s premium fleet. Just five months ago, we delivered Maersk Intrepid, the first such rig to Maersk Drilling and we look forward to completing the third rig on time or early, on budget, and safely as well.”Collaborations between Keppel and Maersk Drilling span the design, engineering, repair and construction of a variety of rigs and ships. The companies have partnered on 12 newbuilding rig projects to-date, including the three XLE rigs.Mr Claus V. Hemmingsen CEO of Maersk Drilling and member of the Executive Board in the Maersk Group, said, “The XLE-2 is part of our series of ultra-harsh environment rigs for the North Sea and enables us to further solidify our strong position in the Norwegian jackup market. These ultra-high specification rigs are preferred by our customers for the safety and efficiency gains they offer.“This early delivery is the reason Keppel FELS, with their strong track record and technological capabilities, was chosen to build three of the XLE rigs. Our combined expertise and common safety, quality and performance standards has enabled us to deliver winning solutions to international oil companies and the industry.”The XLE rig has a leg length of 206.8m (678ft) and is designed for year round operations in the North Sea, in water depths up to 150m (492ft).Press Release, August 7, 2014 zoom jackup rig XLE-2Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS) has delivered the jackup rig XLE-2 to Maersk Drilling, a wholly owned subsidiary of A.P. Moller – Maersk A/S, on budget and seven days ahead of schedule.last_img read more

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Tennis ace bound for Belarus to visit UN projects helping youth after

The tennis star and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador Maria Sharapova will head from the Wimbledon tournament, where she is currently competing, to Belarus to visit an area in the southeast affected by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.Ms. Sharapova will travel to the Gomel region, where her charitable foundation has helped fund several UNDP projects focused on providing opportunities for youth and improving their communities.The three-time Grand Slam champion from Russia is slated to visit a local arts centre where children work on projects to beautify the town and learn about the environment, tour a health facility that takes a therapeutic approach to treating emotional and mental stress, and meet students who have won university scholarships from her foundation.Ms. Sharapova, 23, whose family fled Gomel a year before she was born because of radiation concerns in the wake of the nuclear accident, said she wanted to contribute to the recovery of a region where she had such a personal connection.“Giving young people the tools they need to reach for their dreams is a good way to overcome the Chernobyl legacy,” she said. “Helping people help themselves is at the heart of UNDP’s mission, and I am eager to see the results first-hand.”The Sharapova Foundation, in partnership with UNDP, supports seven youth-oriented projects and a scholarship programme in areas of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine that were affected by the Chernobyl accident.“Maria Sharapova’s work in this region will convey a message of optimism to young people, in a once-blighted region, where a return to normal life is now a realistic project,” said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark.Ms. Sharapova, who won the Wimbledon women’s singles crown as a teenager in 2004, today won her second-round match at the tournament, which concludes at the end of next week. 24 June 2010The tennis star and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador Maria Sharapova will head from the Wimbledon tournament, where she is currently competing, to Belarus to visit an area in the southeast affected by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. read more

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Two men arrested after hijacking car from man in his 70s

first_imgPOLICE IN FOYLE have arrested two males after a report of a vehicle hijacking in the Bonds Hill area, Foyle in Northern Ireland last night.At around 8.30pm, it was reported that two males, aged 21 and 24-years-old approached a car driving in the area.AssaultA male driver, believed to have been in his 70s was assaulted during the incident and was taken to a nearby hospital for his injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.Both men were arrested on suspicion of hijacking, grievious bodily harm with intent and other offences. They are both currently assisting police with their enquiries.Read: Man arrested after taxi driver hijacking in Cork>Read: Appeal for witnesses after woman in her 80s seriously hurt in car crash>last_img

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