New $20-Million Jackup Built By Marathon LeTourneau Placed In Service By Fluor

A new $20-million self-elevating jackup rig is going into service in the Gulf of Mexico, Ross A. McClintock, president of Fluor Drilling Services, announced. The vessel is contracted to Samedan Oil Corporation of Oklahoma for one year, with options.

Operated by the Coral Division of FDS, a subsidiary of Fluor Corporation (NYSE), the rig features a cantilever design which allows multiple holes to be drilled without changing location. It also can be used as a tender on existing production platforms.

Named Mr. Dave, after David S. Tappan Jr., vice chairman of the board of Fluor Corporation, the vessel is designed to operate worldwide with a crew of 72 persons, and is capable of drilling to a depth of 20,000 feet in water up to 250 feet deep. The 7,700- horsepower class 82 SD-C jackup was christened on November 4, in Brownsville, Texas, at Marathon LeTourneau's Marine Division yard.

This fifth jackup in Fluor Drilling's 11 rig fleet features a 147-foot derrick whose load capacity exceeds one million pounds. The rig has a rack-and-pinion jacking system, with 12 jacking motors on each of its three 360- foot legs, and it can withstand winds of 100 miles per hour.

Fluor Drilling Services, operating internationally, now offers a fleet of two drillships, four drilling barges and five jackups.

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