Published: Aug 15, 2010 5:29 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 16, 2010 4:31 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The man drilling the relief well meant to plug BP's broken oil well in the Gulf of Mexico says the 41st project of his career is the biggest.

John Wright told The Associated Press from onboard the Development Driller III vessel that he gets satisfaction from seeing long projects completed.

Wright is drilling a well that will allow mud and cement to be pumped in from below, plugging BP's well for good.

The 56-year-old Houston native has drilled 40 other relief wells, from Venezuela to Norway. But none have been as high-profile as this one.

When the work is done, Wright says he plans to celebrate with a cigar, dinner with his crew and then a trip somewhere quiet with his wife.