Drilling advances

Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) update. The ODP, started by the U.S. some 20 years ago, has utilized the Joides Resolution drillship – built in 1978 and converted for ODP in 1984 – as its primary research vessel. Presently operated by Transocean and contracted to the Texas A&M Research Foundation for the ODP, the rig has been drilling in the riser-less mode, collecting data from relatively shallow holes in various deepwater sites. Because offshore developments have principally involved the Gulf of Mexico and the North Sea, ODP participation has been primarily through U.S. and European countries.

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