New Jackup Drill Rig Christened At Beaumont Yard Of Bethlehem Steel

Bethlehem Steel Corporation's Beaumont, Texas, yard recently christened a new 200-foot water depth offshore drilling rig for Dixilyn-Field Drilling Company of Houston, a subsidiary of Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Company.

The rig is the second of two similar rigs built for Dixilyn-Field during the past year, and the fourth of nine multimillion-dollar rigs scheduled for delivery this year by the Beaumont yard.

The 200-foot rig, Dixilyn-Field 86, was commissioned during ceremonies in which Mrs. Jess Johnson, wife of the vice president and South Texas district manager of the Arco Oil & Gas Company, was the sponsor.

The jackup is mat-supported and features a cantilevered substructure.

It consists of a platform 157 feet by 132 feet supported by three 11-foot-diameter columns fixed to a large stabilizing mat 220 feet by 185 feet.

Outfitted with National drilling equipment, the new rig will be able to drill to 20,000 feet in waters to 200 feet. At a lesser water depth, it will withstand hurricane forces resulting from 100-knot winds and 60-foot seas. The rig will contain onboard, air-conditioned living accommodations for 60 persons, complete with sleeping quarters, galley, recreation room, and laundry facilities.

Upon leaving the shipyard, the rig will work in the Gulf of Mexico for the Arco Oil & Gas Company.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 8,  Aug 1980

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