Chevron U.S.A. To Start Drilling Test Well Offshore California

Chevron U.S.A., 555 Market Street, San F r a n c i s c o , Calif.

94105, has announced that a newly completed drilling ship, the Glomar Atlantic, soon will begin drilling an i n d u s t r y - s p o n s o r e d stratigraphic test well f o r geological information near the western end of the Santa Barbara Channel.

The vessel, a sistership to the Glomar Pacific, which is currently drilling in the Baltimore Canyon off the New Jersey coast, was recently delivered by Global Marine Inc., the owner, under a three-year contract.

Chevron announced it will begin drilling a Continental Offshore Stratigraphic Test (COST) well 18 miles offshore Point Conception.

Fourteen oil and gas companies will share in the cost of the drilling, estimated at $4.5 million.

The COST well will be drilled in 1,400 feet of water and will require an estimated 65 days to reach 12,000 feet below the seabed, Chevron officials said.

The Glomar Atlantic has dynamic positioning capability which permits it to hold position over a drill site without anchors, through the use of computer-controlled thrusters, Chevron said. The vessel is 450 feet in length, has a fully loaded displacement of 14,- 765 tons, and is capable of drilling in water depths exceeding 2,000 feet.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 49,  Nov 1978 R.J. Pfeiffer

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