Levingston To Build $37-Million Jackup Rig For Noble Drilling Corp.

Ed Paden, president of Levingston Shipbuilding Company of Orange, Texas, has announced plans to build a Levingston Class 111-C jackup drilling rig for Noble Drilling Corporation of Ardmore, Okla., a wholly owned subsidiary of Noble Affiliates, Inc.

Overall dimensions of the triangular-shaped rig are 200 by 186 by 23 feet. The 414-footlong, four-chord square truss legs will per- mit the rig to drill in water depths of BOO feet to a maximum well depth of 25,000 feet.

Design criteria of the cantilevered unit will make it capable of operating under the harshest weather conditions. The unnamed jackup will be able to withstand winds of up to 109 knots and seas of 50 feet. Accommodations will be provided for a crew of 54.

This is the third in a series of jackup rigs to be built by Levingston. They provide further continuity in the plan to divide yard efforts equally between conventional shipbuilding and offshore projects. The yard is optimistic about additional offshore business as well as continuation of its bulk carrier program.

Completion of this rig, to cost about $37 million, is scheduled for October 1981 when it will begin drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

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