Deepwater Horizon: Storm fizzles, work resumes

Work has resumed on drilling the relief wells at BP’s Macondo spill site in the Gulf of Mexico.

Offshore staff

HOUSTON– Work has resumed on drilling the relief wells at BP’s Macondo spill site in the Gulf of Mexico. Tropical Storm Bonnie weakened to the point that storm warnings were taken down and the flotilla of vessels returned to the location over the weekend.

The containment cap on the well was found to be functioning and the pressure in on the cap rose during the time work was interrupted.

The Development Driller III was finishing reinstallation of the drill riser and theQ4000 has inspected the hydraulics control module for return to the seabed. Plan are under way to case the first relief well, perform the static kill procedure and complete the well intercept, according to Admiral Thad Allen, national incident commander.

Seismic work was among the first functions to return to the site in order to take advantage of the relative quite at the location because of the fewer vessels to secure cleaner seismic data.


07/26/2010

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