Ingalls Delivers First U.S.-Built L-780 To Keys Offshore
"Keyes 300," the first of four L-780 self-elevating offshore drilling rigs being built for Keyes Offshore Inc. by Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Miss., left the Ingalls yard recently on its way to drilling for Shell Oil Co. in the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast. The second j a c k u p rig, Keyes 301, has been launched and is in final outfitting for delivery. Designed by Friede & Goldman, Keyes 300 is the first L-780 to be built in North America. Ingalls has 12 additional jackups under contract, as well as three submersibles. The L-780s are designed to drill to 25,000 feet in 300 feet of water.