*UPDATE* Oil Gusher Could Be 100% Caped By Monday

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*UPDATE* Oil Gusher Could Be 100% Caped By Monday

Postby Indaswamp » Fri Jul 09, 2010 9:09 pm

Installation of new cap on Gulf of Mexico well begins Saturday

The new cap has three parts, including a small blowout preventer that would be used to "shut in," or contain, the oil within the well, Allen said.


The new cap's success in shutting in the well will depend largely on the pressure inside the well, Allen said. Now at 12,000 pounds per square inch, the hope is that pressure would equalize inside the well and fall to 9,000 pounds per square inch when the new cap is in place, Allen said. If that happens the well would be left alone until a relief well permanently seals it in mid-August, meaning no vessels would be needed to pump oil from the well,

But if pressure falls below 9,000 pounds per square inch after the new cap is put in place it will be a sign that there is damage to the well and that oil is perhaps escaping from places beneath the surface, Allen said. In that case, engineers would continue producing from the well, by collecting oil through a four-device containment system that would include the ships Discoverer Enterprise, Helix Producer and Clear Leader and the floating platform, Toisa Pisces. All together those vessels would have the capacity to collect 60,000 to 80,000 barrels of oil per day.

The condition of the well, as determined by the shut-in attempt, will also give engineers important clues about how to proceed with intercepting the damaged well with the relief well, Allen said.

"That all is going to be important information for how we are going to attempt to kill the well from the bottom," Allen said. "As far as injecting mud, how much mud will need to be injected to fill that column? Will some of it maybe go out into the formation if there's a problem with the well bore and the casings? So we actually improve our chances of the bottom kill by being able to put that cap on and get a pressure reading at the top."


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Re: *UPDATE* New cap install Sat.-possible shut in from Top!

Postby Indaswamp » Fri Jul 09, 2010 9:48 pm

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Re: *UPDATE* Oil Gusher Could Be 100% Caped By Monday

Postby Indaswamp » Sun Jul 11, 2010 11:46 pm

The flange is in place and ROV's are installing the bolts tonight...
http://www.nola.com/news/gulf-oil-spill/index.ssf/2010/07/bp_makes_progress_on_new_cappi.html
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Re: *UPDATE* Oil Gusher Could Be 100% Caped By Monday

Postby aggiechiro » Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:03 am

i hope it works, but the local news tonight were hinting that it wouldn't.


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Re: *UPDATE* Oil Gusher Could Be 100% Caped By Monday

Postby cartervj » Mon Jul 12, 2010 6:00 pm

looks good so far :thumbsup: no oil seen on the cameras
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Re: *UPDATE* Oil Gusher Could Be 100% Caped By Monday

Postby airborneduckhunter » Thu Jul 15, 2010 2:17 pm

Watching Fox News right now and they say they got it capped off. No flow into the Gulf. Lets hope it holds.
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Re: *UPDATE* Oil Gusher Could Be 100% Caped By Monday

Postby La. Hunter » Thu Jul 15, 2010 2:56 pm

I have been watching the live feed all day and it appears there hasn't been any oil leaking in the past 30 - 45 minutes, perhaps longer. I keep waiting for a good view of the gauges to see what kind of pressures they are containing.
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Re: *UPDATE* Oil Gusher Could Be 100% Caped By Monday

Postby Indaswamp » Fri Jul 16, 2010 8:47 am

pressure is a at 6800 psi and steadily rising.. :thumbsup: looks like this is going to work. my question is why the hell did it take them 87 friggin days to do this?? this should have been done sooner IMO.
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