The purpose of this website is to make "ETA and its Jackups: the Six Year Saga" freely available. It has been written by industry veteran Peter Lovie, inspired by questions from long time offshore drilling authorities about ETA’s pioneering jackup designs.
There’s a lot there in the 73 pages of this latest 16 May 2017 update to the Saga: anecdotes about coming to Texas and learning the lingo in the offshore drilling world of the 1970s, how a 29 year old immigrant started this upstart engineering outfit from nothing and in four years, with a team of brainy millennials, had secured a contract to design the world’s biggest jackups (Dyvi Beta and Dyvi Gamma, classed by DNV, delivered in 1976 and 1977). As history unfolded, 18 other jackups of ETA design were delivered during 1976-1983.
Separate parts of the Saga talk about the design philosophies behind what got built – the patented leg design with its cast steel joints - and the concepts that were awarded patents but did not make it past paper. It was also a time of unprecedented growth for the world’s jackup fleet, its builders and designers, followed by a downturn and a flattening out of growth from 1985 to today.
With 14 pictures, 14 diagrams and 12 tables, there’s a lot of substance. It is way too long to be published as a standard article in offshore industry trade magazines and is not sufficiently politically correct for them! Hence the Saga is self published on this website. It is in six parts:-
- I ETA History & Anecdotes
- II ETA Design Philosophies Behind the Jackups Built
- III Brainstorms, Concepts and Patents: Paper Only!
- IV Jackups Built from ETA Designs
- V Worldwide Spread of Design Sources & Growth of Jackup Fleet
- VI Wrapping Up
Initial feedback from real practitioners in the offshore industry has been positive:
“It was a wonderful read . . .
“ETA was quite an amazing story . . .
“Good sense of humor . . .
“You write extremely well in a very engaging and colorful manner - beyond what might be expected from a professional engineer . . .
“This is a marvelous history . . .
“Very much enjoyed your ETA story. Like you I am an immigrant and the "language”' and social order of the Texas oil field was quite new . . .
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Sixteen published items - magazine articles, patents, others – were listed in the Saga and are shown below, available for normal download, separate from the Saga:
From the ETA years
- Lovie, P.M.; Lowery, E.L.: "Jack-up for 400 ft. Water Depths Feasible", Oil & Gas Journal, 10 January 1972, pp. 86-87.
- Lovie, P.M.: "Why Not a Jack up for 400 ft. Water?", Engineering Technology Analysts, Inc., Innovation, volume 1, number 1, first quarter 1972, 3 pages.
- Lovie, P.M.: "Spud Tank for Offshore Drilling Unit", United States Patent & Trademark Office, no. 3,823,563, filed 5 September 1972, granted 16 July 1974, 7 pages.
- Lovie, P.M.: "Self Elevating Offshore Platform with Folding Legs", United States Patent & Trademark Office, no. 3,826,099, filed 25 September 1972, granted 30 July 1974, 7 pages.
- Lovie, P.M.: "The Robray 300 - The First of a New Generation of Jack-ups to be Built", Engineering Technology Analysts, Inc., Innovation, volume 2, number 2, 1973, 2 pages.
- Lovie, P.M.; Lowery, E.L.: "Means for Altering Motion Response of Offshore Drilling Units", United States Patent & Trademark Office, no. 3,916,633, filed 24 August 1973, granted 4 November 1975, 5 pages.
Lowery, E.L.: ”Mobile Marine Drilling Unit”, United States Patent & Trademark Office no. 3,996,754, filed December 14, 1973, granted December 14, 1976, 7 pages.
- Angerstein, J.: "Jack-ups - a Future in the North Sea", interview, Northern Offshore, April 1974, pp. 33-42.
- "New Innovative Designs for Jackups for the North Sea Oil Patch", Offshore, April 1974, 4 pages.
- Lovie, P.M.: "Self Elevating Offshore Drilling Unit Legs", United States Patent, no. 3,967,457, filed 11 July 1974, granted 6 July 1976, 8 pages.
- Bynum, D.; Lovie, P.M.: "How Jack-ups Fit in the North Sea Boom", Petroleum Engineer, October 1974, 6 pages.
- Bynum, D.; Lovie, P.M.: "A Thousand Rigs Could be Needed to Meet World Goals", Offshore, January 1975, pp. 53-60. [title chosen by magazine!!!]
- Bynum, D.; Lovie, P.M.: "Rig Safety is Vital", Offshore, May 1975, 8 pages.
- Lovie, P.M.: "MODU Classification and Certification", The Technology of Offshore Drilling, Completion and Production, Pennwell Publishing, 1976, 426 p., pp. 389-413.
Discussion of the jackup kit concept of design+jacks+leg chords
Lovie, P.M.: "Jack-up Kits for Offshore Plants to be Constructed Anywhere in the World", Symposium on Coastal & Offshore Plants, Washington DC, Coastal & Offshore Plant Systems, 25-26 January 1977, 17 pages.
Recollection in 2016
Lovie, P.M.: “Peter’s First Real Job”, 6 pages, August 2016, available on line at http://www.lovie.org/pdf/peters-first-real-job.pdf