NOBLE MODERNIZES JACK UP FOR WORK IN GULF OF MEXICO

Another in a possible wave of rigs that will be built or rebuilt for shallow water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico has landed its first job. Noble Drilling (U.S.) Inc.'s three legged, mat supported jack up, christened Mar. 9 as the Duke Hinds after a major modernization/refurbishment, will go to work for ARCO Oil & Gas Co. The job will start next month in the Gulf of Mexico. Max Smith, head of Noble's offshore operations, said the $3.7 million modernization project that led to the

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