Skip to comments.BP's Deepwater Oil Spill - Restarting Progress - and Open Thread
Posted on 07/27/2010 3:17:59 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
BP does not seem to have gone back to the daily briefings, let alone the twice-a-day ones that were being issued just a couple of weeks ago. Admiral Allen has given permission for the top and bottom kill (through the relief well (RW)) activities to continue. The Admiral also noted that the riser for the RW has been reattached, and the reconnection, removal of the plugging packer, and cleaning of the well is in process. It is estimated that the intersection with the original well will now occur on the 7th August, with the final set of casing being run into the hole this week, and then, after cement injection, the well will WOC (wait on cement) while the cement hardens, and is then checked. In the meanwhile, the undersea valve system is being modified to carry out the static kill that I discussed earlier. (And the leak monitoring has transferred to the BOA ROV 2, which is now showing four leaks.)
Once the flow channel to the well is restored, and the casing set and cemented in the relief well, then the Q4000 will carry mud from the HOS Centerline, driven by pumps on the Blue Dolphin into the riser, and down to the BOP to carry out the static kill. The Admiral currently expects that this will begin on August 2nd.
(Excerpt) Read more at theoildrum.com ...
(/s, as if)
That's gonna burst some methane bubbles...
Waste of a perfectly good 'ELE'...
Seriously, this has been done in record time, in spite of government meddling, with a record amount of oil recovered from the water before it got to shore--again, in spite of government meddling.
Despite that, the tort lawyers will be all over this like flies on three day old roadkill for years to come.
Wouldn’t it be easier to stuff some of grandma’s old fruit cake in the darn thing? it’d be more ‘green’. :-)
The stuff they can do at thousands of feet down... wow.
I missed having any at Christmas last year...better get to work for next Christmas....
Link to Subthread note:
***********************************EXCERPT on Where is the Oil???***********************************
Jane Luchenko (sp?) from NOAA was asked about where all the oil was. She indicated that she thought it was suspended in the water column and was not settling on the bottom, but in response to another question she stated that NOAA was diligently looking for the oil and they "were getting close" to discovering it (not really sure how she would know this?) and would hopefully have an answer soon.
Sounds like some (former) Heads of Exploration I have known...
Fox had a segment today that the cleaners are having a hard time finding oil to clean up. Not much washing ashore and there may be lots of big blobs floating around and how the oil is dissipating and being consumed by microbes. Imagine that...
And now, BP has been hardly showing anything on their ROV's the past 15-20 hours. Skandi2 has been on Sonar Sounding for over 10 hours and it looks like they just parked it on the ground and pointed the camera at some hard seafloor.
Well....now...funny business maybe.
The video quality is also deteriorating real bad. The feed from Skandi2 right now is just about useless. They did however just show a problem with the Riser Connection mechanism on Q4000 ROV 2. Believe that is the connector to the Relief Well 1. Leaking a green fluid. Almost impossible to see where the leak is coming from. Got it on video just a few minutes ago.
“Jane Luchenko (sp?) from NOAA was asked about where all the oil was.”
Like looking for a teaspoon of tea in Lake Tahoe.
The gulf is not a static body of water. Could she have the faintest idea how much water circulates through the Gulf Stream in a day?
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