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Schlumberger services some 85 percent of all the oil rigs operating in the Gulf of Mexico from its Belle Chasse center. At another area of Belle Chasse, fifty workers rebuild vehicles called skids; a skid costs $550,000 and relies on powerful computers to process well-log data in the field or transmit it to data centers. These skids are used on oil rigs in the Gulf, and, like the Schlumberger trucks on land, carry five-ton winch drums with 18,000 to 23,000 feet of wireline cable on them, and backup electrical generators.
The training center at Belle Chasse recruited 137 electrical-engineering graduates in 1981. For all recruits, the routine was the same: up to three weeks of orientation on an oil rig, followed by ...