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December 23, 2010

Keppel AmFELS delivers third Rowan jack-up

Keppel AmFELS Inc.,, Brownsville, Texas, , has delivered the third of four EXL jack-up rigs to a subsidiary of Rowan Companies, Inc. ahead of schedule and within budget.

The jack-up was christened yesterday and is scheduled to leave the shipyardJanuary 2011 to commence operations on an ultra deep gas well for McMoRan Exploration Company in the Gulf of Mexico.

The ABS-classed EXL jackup design is an enhancement of the LeTourneau Super 116E model. With leg lengths of 477 ft and a hook load capability of 2,000,000 lb, Rowan EXL-III employs state-of-the-art technology to drill high-pressure, high-temperature and extended-reach wells worldwide. It is capable of operating in water depths of 350 ft or more, and drilling to a depth of 40,000 ft.

Keppel AmFELS is progressing with the construction of Rowan's fourth jack-up rig, which is on track for delivery in the first quarter of 2012.


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