TECHNOLOGY Advanced jack up rig breaking U.S. construction drought

Paul Kelly Rowan Cos. Inc. Houston The Rowan Gorilla V, under construction at LeTourneau Inc.'s Vicksburg, Miss., shipyard on the banks of the Mississippi River, will be completed in mid-1998. Shown here are the center line of the rig between the cantilever beams and the three spud cans which will be at the base of the three legs of the gigantic rig (Fig. 1). A new heavy duty jack up, due in mid-1998, will be able to simultaneously drill and produce wells in harsher environments and deeper water than current jack ups in the worldwide fleet. Rowan Cos. Inc.'s Gorilla V is the only mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU) currently under co...

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