Levingston To Build $45-Million Jackup Rig For Noble Drilling Corp

Ed Paden, president of Levingston Shipbuilding Company of Orange, Texas, has announced plans to build a second Levingston Class 111-C jackup drilling rig f o r Noble Drilling Corporation of Ardmore, Okla. Noble Drilling, a leading domestic drilling contracting firm formed in 1921, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Noble Affiliates, Inc. In addition to the two new jackups on order with Levingston, Noble owns seven platform rigs, three shallow-water mobile rigs, three inland rigs, and 34 land rigs.

Overall dimensions of the triangularshaped rig are 200 feet by 186 feet by 23 feet. The 414-foot-long, square-truss legs allow the vessel to drill in water depths of 300 feet and to a maximum well depth of 25,000 feet. Design criteria of the cantilevered unit 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 fifth in a series of jackup rigs to be built at Levingston. They provide further continuity in the company's plan to equally divide yard efforts between conventional shipbuilding and offshore projects.

Levingston is optimistic about additional offshore business as well as continuation of its successful bulk carrier program.

The approximate cost of this rig is $45 million. Completion is scheduled for December 1982.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 29,  Jan 1981

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