PASCAGOULA, Mississippi -- Signal International Llc. has completed shipyard work and delivery of Pride International's Pride New Mexico. The shallow-water three-legged jackup drilling unit departed Signal's Pascagoula yard in late July en route to its drilling location in the Gulf of Mexico.
Originally built in 1982, thePride New Mexico underwent extensive refurbishment to ensure continued compliance with regulatory and safety standards. Signal's scope of work included adding steel structural reinforcement to the interior leg columns, repairs to the jacking system, and major renewals to the drill floor, including the exterior hull and mat, wind walls, and driller's cabin.
Signal also blasted and painted more than 90% of the exterior surfaces of the rig from the hull to the drill floor, main deck, helicopter deck, and jacking houses. The living quarters were completely renovated and updated with a satellite system for Internet connections and the addition of a company man's office and rig manager's office.
"This project was an excellent opportunity to demonstrate our first-rate capabilities," says Dick Marler, CEO and president of Signal International. "Offshore drilling rigs are in high demand, commanding substantial day rates. Our management and employees understand the sense of urgency when it comes to expeditiously returning rigs to drilling service in top-notch condition."