Bethlehem's Newest Jackup Design Can Drill In Water 600 Feet Deep

Bethlehem Steel Corporation's design for the world's largest matsupported jackup drilling rig, the Bethlehem 600, will open an additional million square miles of outer continental shelf to jackup operations.

That's a 30-percent increase from current jackup territory, representing an area nearly double that of the Gulf of Mexico, spread out along the coastlines of the world.

Developed to drill in offshore waters as deep as 600 feet, the 600 is the newest mat-supported jackup rig design to come off the drawing boards of Bethlehem's Beaumont, Texas, rigbuilding yard.

According to a Beaumont spokesman, the new design "is one more in a long string of successes for the Beaumont Yard in the offshore industry." It began in 1954 when the yard delivered Mr. Gus, the industry's first jackup designed to operate in waters to 100 feet deep. The Mr. Gus design tripled the acreage that could be drilled offshore.

The Bethlehem 600 is a heavyduty, world-class cantilever mat jackup designed for exploratory and developmental drilling in hostile— including arctic—environments and in remote areas difficult to resupply.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 19,  Sep 1985

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