Huthnance Awards Jackup Rig Contract To Bethlehem Beaumont

Huthnance Drilling Company has awarded Bethlehem Steel Corporation's Beaumont, Texas, shipyard a contract for construction of a new jackup rig, the Acadian Spirit.

The new rig, expected to be delivered in June 1979, will drill off Louisiana under a one-year contract with The Superior Oil Company.

In announcing the award, Sherman Perry, general manager of the Beaumont shipyard, said that the contract brings to six the number of offshore jackup rigs currently under contract by Bethlehem, and will provide additional employment for about 225 workers in the yard.

The Acadian Spirit will be capa- ble of drilling wells to 25,000 feet while operating in water depths of 12 to 112 feet. The rig is de- signed for drilling in a variety of soil conditions found in the Gulf of Mexico, ranging from the ex- tremely soft bottoms near the mouth of the Mississippi River to the firm soils offshore Texas.

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, with an operations office in New Iberia, La., Huthnance Drilling Company is currently op- erating three platform rigs in the Gulf of Mexico under contracts with Exxon, Gulf Oil and Penn- zoil.

William Huthnance, head of Huthnance Drilling, noted at the contract agreement that this is the fourth time he has been as- sociated with the Beaumont ship- yard. The other occasions were during construction of Rangers I, II and III, all workover rigs for shallow-water use.

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