contractor is designing the DSS 38E semi-submersible rigs for Sete Brasil,
which owns the rigs to be used in Petrobras’s pre-salt deep-water drilling programme
off eastern Brazil.
In August, Sete Brasil ordered five of the rigs from Keppel for $4.1 billion, having ordered the first unit in December 2011.
conversion business unit will supply the electrical power generation, thruster
and drilling drive technology for the new rigs.
The first rig is scheduled
to enter service in the fourth quarter of 2015.
GE’s Paul English
put down the contract win to “the flexibility and configurability” of the
company’s electric power and propulsion system that gives operators the most
options at the least weight, machinery space and capital equipment cost.
GE’s facilities at
Rugby, England and Rio de Janeiro will be involved in serving the contract.