Deepwater Horizon: Relief well reaches into Macondo

The relief well being drilled into the Macondo blowout has intersected that well, according to Admiral Thad Allen, national incident commander.

Offshore staff

HOUSTON – The relief well being drilled into the Macondo blowout has intersected that well, according to Admiral Thad Allen, national incident commander.

“Through a combination of sensors embedded in the drilling equipment and sophisticated instrumentation that is capable of sensing distance to the well casing, BP engineers and the federal science team have concluded that the Development Driller III relief well has intersected the Macondo well,” Allen said.

None of the indications from the intercept suggest that the annulus is in communication with the reservoir, Allen said, so the intention is to cement the annulus and complete the bottom kill of the well.

09/17/2010

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