KUALA LUMPUR, 2 SEPTEMBER 2015 - UMW Oil & Gas Corporation Berhad (UMW-OG) officially took delivery of its latest jack-up rig; UMW NAGA 8 from Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS), a subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M).

Designed to address higher requirement market, UMW NAGA 8 is the third KFELS B Class jack-up rig in UMW-OG’s fleet; the first two being UMW NAGA 4 and UMW NAGA 5, which were delivered in 2013 and 2014, respectively. Similar to both its predecessors, UMW NAGA 8 is a premium jack-up drilling rig capable of operating in water depths of up to 400 feet (approximately 125 metres) and drilling to a total depth of 30,000 feet (approximately 9,144 metres) sub-sea. Equipped with the newest and most technologically advanced equipment, additional features include an advanced and fully-automated high capacity rack and pinion elevating system, self-positioning fixation system and facilities capable of accommodating 150 personnels.

Present to receive the rig at Keppel FELS’s yard was Rohaizad Darus, President, UMW-OG, who shared, “At 400 feet water depth, this latest rig will enable us to address a niche market where there is lesser competition. The additional asset will also provide us with the capacity to cover a wider market, both regionally and globally to continue our growth once the market recovers.”

UMW NAGA 8 is currently being prepared to be mobilised for a potential client in Southeast Asia.