Deepwater Horizon: Removal of capping stack, BOP gets OK

BP is authorized to end the fishing procedure and to begin removing the capping stack followed by the BOP, under specific conditions set out by Admiral Thad Allen, National Incident commander for the BP Gulf of Mexico Macondo well.

Offshore staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. – BP is authorized to end the fishing procedure and to begin removing the capping stack followed by the BOP, under specific conditions set out by Admiral Thad Allen, National Incident commander for the BP Gulf of Mexico Macondo well.

Today, Allen sent the directive to BP which includes the following conditions:
• BOP removal will be tried first with a controlled lift to minimize the risk of lifting the casing and casing hanger seal.
• If that does not succeed, additional lifts can be performed once an attempt has been made to release the BOP from the drillpipe by opening the rams.
• A replacement BOP will go on as son as possible to minimize time that the well is open to the sea.
• The Joint Investigation Team and the Department of Justice Criminal Investigation Evidence Recovery Team have unfettered access to watch and recover the entire removal and recovery operation, and then take into custody all the equipment removed.

08/27/2010

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