Storm Awards Contract To Bethlehem Beaumont Shipyard For Offshore Drilling Rig

Bethlehem Steel Corporation's Beaumont, Texas, shipyard has received a contract from Storm Drilling Company of Houston for an offshore drilling rig.

This mat-supported jackup unit will have a drilling capacity of 25,000 feet and will be able to operate in water depths up to 250 feet. Delivery is scheduled for fall, 1975.

The rig that will be built for Storm Drilling Company is a hydraulic, self-elevating mobile platform. The platform will be 166 feet long, 132 feet wide and 16 feet deep, with a 50-footsquare drilling slot.

The mat will be 210 feet by 170 feet by 10 feet, and its drilling slot will be 90 feet by 87 feet. Each of the three cylindrical columns will be 312 feet long and 12 feet OD.

The Storm Drilling Company rig will have capacity to store 6,150 cubic feet of bulk mud and cement, 3,000 sacks, 1,500 barrels of active mud, 4,324 barrels of drilling water storage, 402 barrels of potable water, 1,796 barrels of fuel oil and 4,047 barrels of salt water.

Other drilling units under construction by Bethlehem at Beaumont include five semisubmersibles: Ugland Shipping Company A/S—Zapata Offshore Company, Storm Drilling Company, The Western Company of North America, Marlin Drilling Company, Field International Drilling Company—K/S Viking Offshore A / S ; three jackup mobile drilling platforms : Marine Drilling Company, Transworld Drilling Company and Walker-Huthnance Offshore Workover Company, and the conversion of a drillship for Storm.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 20,  Feb 15, 1974

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