Levingston To Build A $28.6-Million Jackup Rig For Dixilyn-Field

Ed Paden, president of Levingston Shipbuilding Company, Orange, Texas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ashland Oil, Inc., announced the signing of a $28.6-million contract to build a Levingston-designed Class 111-C jackup drilling rig f o r Dixilyn-Field of Houston, Texas. Delivery is set for April 1981.

Dixilyn-Field, a major operator of land rigs and offshore vessels, has been in business over 25 years. This worldwide company, based in Houston, is a subsidiary of Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Company with headquarters also in Houston.

The three-legged drilling rig, which will be identified as the Dixilyn-Field Rig 87, measures 200 feet by 186 feet by 23 feet and has independent four chord square truss legs that will be 414 feet long. One of the customer requirements of this particular rig is that it be capable of operating in temperatures of minus 20 degrees centigrade, and withstand winds of up to 125 mph and seas of 50 feet. Drilling depth is 25,000 feet in a maximum of 300 feet of water.

Three EMD engines will provide the power to the rig; two of these ship service generators are 1,400 kw and one is rated at 1,050 kw. The emergency generator is a Caterpillar which supplies 395 kw. Accommodations are available for 80 persons, and the rig is equipped with two galleys and two mess rooms. The construction of the rig will meet requirements of the U.S. Coast Guard and the American Bureau of Shipping.

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