Reading & Bates Orders Two Jackup Drilling Rigs At Cost Of $80 Million

Far East-Levingston Shipbuilding Ltd. (FELS) has announced the signing of contracts to build two jackup rigs for Reading and Bates Exploration Co. (R&B).

Costing approximately $80 million in total, the jackups will be of Friede & Goldman L-780 MOD II design for operating in water depths up to 300 feet. To be christened Harvey H. Ward and Roger W. Mowell, the rigs will be fabricated in Singapore and delivered by end December 1981 and end March 1982, respectively.

The jackups are to be constructed to specifications drawn to meet their operational requirements, i n c o r p o r a t i n g a threestoried living quarters for 94 men, a heavy cantilever feature for development drilling as well as exploratory drilling tasks, and ability to withstand relatively severe conditions. An electrically driven rack and pinion system will be employed, operating at an elevating speed of 1.5 feet/minute.

Each jackup will have a modified triangular hull with three triangular truss work legs, each fitted with three spud cans at their lower ends. The hull is to be 180 feet long, 175 feet wide, and 25 feet deep.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 6,  Nov 1980 Louisiana

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