Three ultradeepwater drillships on order

Construction of drillships for use in ultradeepwater is accelerating. Global Marine Inc. (Glomar) and a joint venture of Conoco Inc. and R&B Falcon Corp. each have one such drillship under construction. And Glomar recently received its second order for a ship of this type, this time from Exxon Exploration Co. Glomar's first order was from BHP Petroleum Pty. Ltd. This photo [11,741 bytes] shows the first Glomar 456 Class drillship under construction at Belfast's Harland & Wolff shipyard. The dynamically positioned drillship will be rated to water depths of 12,000 ft. It will include a horizontal/vertical pipe-handling system that will enable it to drill while maki...

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