Sedco Jackup Drilling Rig Christened At Promet Yard

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A christening ceremony on a newly built self-elevating drilling rig (shown above) was performed recently at the shipyard of Promet Private Limited in Singapore by Mrs. Y. Murase, wife of the s e n i o r vice p r e s i d e n t of Abu Dhabi Oil Company. The rig is the first of three jackup rig contracts which Promet contracted with Sedco Inc., an international drilling company based in the United States, which has a present fleet of 50 rigs operating around the globe.

This rig, named Sedco 160, was designed by Baker Marine Corporation of Ingleside, Texas. Measuring 151 feet by 156 feet, the rig is capable of operating in 160- foot water depth and has accommodation facilities adequate for a 76-man crew. Sedco 160 will eventually be towed to Abu Dhabi for drilling activities.

Other orders from Sedco are Sedneth 201 and Sedneth 202, both measuring 174 feet by 162% feet by 18 feet; they will be able to operate at water depths of up to 200 feet. In addition, Promet has been awarded a contract from Sedco to construct a semisubmersible rig that can drill in deeper waters than the jackups.

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