July 13, 2010
BP has installed a larger, tighter-fitting containment cap on the ruptured Gulf of Mexico wellhead that has been gushing with oil since the Deepwater Horizon explosion on 20 April, raising hopes of limiting damage during the looming hurricane season.
Crude oil continues to spill into the sea, but the company will begin testing the new cap’s internal pressure this morning by closing its valves. It hopes to stop the flow until more permanent measures can be taken.
“It is expected, though cannot be assured, that no oil will be released to the ocean for the duration of the test,” BP said. “This will not, however, be an indication that flow from the wellbore has been permanently stopped.”
Work on installing the cap using robots a mile below the surface of the sea was successfully completed last night as efforts intensified to capture all the oil that has spilled out since the explosion that killed 11 people on 20 April.
This article was posted: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 4:21 am