Ingalls Awarded Fourth Keyes Offshore Contract For Jackup Drilling Rig

Keyes Offshore, Inc. of Houston, a major drilling rig owner and contractor to the offshore industry, has contracted with Ingalls Shipbuilding of Pascagoula, Miss., to build another Friede & Goldman L-780, Mod 2 jackup drilling rig. This is the fourth rig that Keyes has awarded to Ingalls during 1980.

The rigs are designed to operate in 15 feet to 300 feet of water and drill up to 25,000 feet. The 5,500-ton mobile units are 180 feet long and 275 feet wide, and have accommodations for 56 personnel. This will bring the total rigs owned or operated by Keyes Offshore to seven.

Ingalls, a designer and builder of marine structures for commerce and defense since 1938, is the only North American contractor currently building the L-780 jackups under Friede & Goldman license. Ingalls, also a major overhauler and modifier of offshore drilling rigs and barges, is constructing the new rigs at its modern 800-acre facility in Pascagoula.

Ingalls has a total of 14 rigs presently under contract, including ten L-780 jackups, with deliveries extending to July 1982.

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