Western Gear Awarded $1.5-Million Contract For Six Drilling Rig Drives

J. David Shlemmer, vice president of Western Gear Corporation and manager for the Power Transmission Division, announced that Daewoo Shipbuilding and Heavy Machinery, Ltd. of South Korea has awarded Western Gear a $1.5-million contract for six propulsion drives to be installed on three Daewoo Pacesetter-class semisubmersible drilling rigs being constructed for Reading and Bates and Santa Fe International.

The new enhanced Pacesetter design i n c o r p o r a t e s the latest technology in maneuverable drilling rigs, including Western Gear's 3,400-horsepower propulsion drives featuring a 13-percent increase in horsepower rating for these newer rigs. The increased horsepower rating has met the current American Bureau of Shipping and U.S. Coast Guard regulations for the 3,400-horsepower rating.

Additionally, the thrust capacity has been increased 30 percent to 132,000 pounds to meet the enhanced requirements of the Daewoo Pacesetter rigs for speed and maneuverability in harsh marine environments.

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