Practical Drilling Technology

Rig area networks, remotely operated hoisting systems, more powerful drilling fluid hydraulics, and easy-to-install blowout preventer (BOP) assemblies have improved operations for several next-generation jack ups operating in the Gulf of Mexico. Proven benefits include the ability to analyze historical and real-time drilling parameters, drill deeper wells and set larger casing strings, and hook up and test BOPs within hours.Chiles Click here to enlarge imageSince 1998, 11 new jack ups have been added to the worldwide rig fleet (Table 1).Of these, Chiles Offshore Inc.has delivered three new Explorer Class LeTourneau Super 116s: the Columbus, Magellan, and Tonala.Two more rigs, the Explor...

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