Bethlehem Beaumont To Build Teledyne Drilling Platform

Bethlehem Steel's Beaumont, Texas, shipyard has received a contract for construction of a Bethlehem-designed 250-foot matsupported jackup mobile offshore drilling platform.

The rig will be built for Teledyne Movible Offshore Inc. of Lafayette, La., and will be capable of drilling to a depth of 25,000 feet in as much as 250 feet of water. The rig is scheduled for completion in April 1978. The announcement of the award was made by John C. Estes, general manager of the Beaumont Yard.

Teledyne Rig 18 is the 59th Bethlehem-built rig to be contracted since 1956, and is the third Bethlehem-designed and built drilling rig for Teledyne Movible Offshore. The unit will consist of a platform 166 feet long, 132 feet wide and 16 feet deep, with a 50-foot-square drilling slot. The mat will be 210 feet by 170 feet by 10 feet and its drilling slot will be 90 feet by 87 feet. Each of the three cylindrical columns will be 312 feet long and 12 feet O.D.

The rig will be diesel-electric powered and house 60 workers in its noncombustible living quarters.

There will also be capacity to store 6,600 cubic feet of bulk mud and cement, 3,000 sacks, 1,500 barrels of active mud, 4,700 barrels of drilling water storage, 450 barrels of potable water, 1,800 barrels of fuel oil and 2,350 barrels of salt water.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 6,  Oct 15, 1977

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