September 22, 1968

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September 22, 1968 - DRILLING BARGE LEAVES HERE Specially rigged for...
DRILLING BARGE LEAVES HERE Specially rigged for world record deep water drilling by Humble Oil and Refining Co., the drilling vessel, WODECO IV, is shown in the Long Beach Harbor just before she left to begin a test well in 994 feet of water in the Santa Barbara Channel. The Queen Mary is shown in the background. Drill for Oil in 994 Feet of Ocean Off Santa Barbara A world record offshore drilling test well in 994 feet of water in the Santa ' Barbara Channel has been started by Humble Oil and · Refining Co., using West. West. ern Offshore Drilling and Exploration C o m p a n y ' s WODECO IV. The WODE' WODE' CO IV is rigged with special special equipment for this 1 test. ; Western Offshore, a di- · vision of Pike Corp. of . America, began the drill' drill' ing operations for Humble with the deep water Corbett to Talk on Queen Mary Guest speaker at the Thursday meeting of the North Long Beach Real Estate Club will be Pat Corbett, city councilman of Long Beach. Corbett will talk of "City Functions and the Queen Mary." He will be introduces by Joe Hodge, program chairman. The club meets at the Park Pantry, at 8 a.m. each Thursday. rigged drilling vessel following following a previous offshore water depth record of 640 feet set by Humble in June. With more than 60 per cent of the $600 million million federal offshore lease lands lying under 600 or more feet of water, the deep water test well by Western Offshore is a key to further · exploration in Southern California's offshore offshore lease lands, according according to company officials. * * * * A SOPHISTICATED PIECE of electronic gear called ARPS (acoustical reference positioning system) system) has been installed on the WODECO IV to measure measure the vertical deflection of the vessel over the hole. The heart of the system system is a computer with four related hydrophones extending five to ten feet beneath the vessel into the water. Signals from related equipment on the ocean floor are transmitted transmitted up, fed to the computer computer which calculates the deviation of the vessel from precise vertical alignment over the hole. In addition, each component component of the drilling operation operation has been designed, built and inspected to withstand the heave stresses of the extremely deep water. Pipes are e q u i p p e d with strain gauges to measure stress and connectors are x-rayed to assure highest performance. performance. To support the riser, six hydraulic tensioners are combined in a system up to 360,000 pounds to prevent pipe buckling. Four smaller tensioners are in use to tension the guidelines to the landing base. The huge blowout preventer which must operate operate at the ocean's bottom, bottom, has been specially constructed and tested for optimum performance in the heavy water pressure. Now with capability geared to drill in water up to 1,500 feet, the WODE- CO IV has been operating in shallower water since 1966, primarily in Cook Inlet, Alaska, for other major oil companies. Pike Corp. of America is one of the world's largest largest offshore drilling companies companies with related capabilities capabilities in oceanography, as well as oilfield, industrial industrial supply and specialized specialized tubular products distribution. Opening TTe exciting story the Irvine Ranch plan adds a dramatic chapter today with unveiling of Harbor Homes in Newport A major community project which will ultimately have more 1000 homes, this is development of the L. Bren Co., Los The young Bren with its staff of and planners, has approached the of Harbor View with the same thoroughness and sensitivity needs of Southern California living which has marked its other developments, and which become a hallmark of firm. * * * * RECENTLY annexed the city of Newport Beach, the 212 acres comprise the first been uniquely planned a neighborhood to freedom of movement, security, natural environment environment and beauty and

Clipped from Independent Press-Telegram22 Sep 1968, SunPage 69

Independent Press-Telegram (Long Beach, California)22 Sep 1968, SunPage 69
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