The Ben Rinnes (photo: KCA Deutag)
Global drilling and engineering contractor, KCA Deutag, has announced that it has sold its jack-up drilling unit, the Ben Rinnes, to an integrated energy and services company for an undisclosed sum.
Built in Clydebank, Scotland in 1973 and acquired by KCA Deutag in 2005, the Ben Rinnes was under contract offshore Angola until February of this year. The ABS Classed Marathon Le Tourneau MLT 53-S enhanced rig has been stacked in Gabon since then.
Norrie McKay, KCA Deutag CEO says, “Whilst the sale of the Ben Rinnes is an important milestone for KCA Deutag as it is our last asset in our mobile offshore drilling fleet, we continue to maintain the competence and experience required to support offshore drilling unit operations. This expertise is currently supporting the construction and start-up of two Category J jack-up rigs which will commence operations on the Norwegian Continental Shelf next year.”