Moncla Offshore completes rig

Moncla Offshore Operations LLC has completed its first platform workover rig, the Moncla 301, under a contract with Hilcorp Energy Co.

Mike Moncla, chief executive officer of the five Moncla companies, said the rig was built by Louisiana manufacturer Superior Derrick Services LLC at its Parks facility in St. Martinville. The rig is being transported in several truckloads to Cook Inlet in Alaska.

The Moncla 301 is one of two workover rigs that Hilcorp Energy will use in the Cook Inlet. The Moncla 301 will be on the Granite Point and is scheduled to rig up in late June. The other is owned by Hilcorp and will arrive in Alaska in July and is scheduled for the Graying platform.

Moncla Offshore Operations will provide the labor force of more than 50 employees for both rigs.

Workover rigs are used to do major maintenance on wells, and will be used to rehabilitate aged producing and shut-in wells on platforms which were among the Chevron Corp. assets acquired by Hilcorp in 2012.

Moncla Companies employs nearly 400 people.