Deepwater Horizon: Weather remains operations hurdle

National Incident Commander Admiral Thad Allen went out to the Discoverer Enterprise yesterday to assess “on-scene conditions” following Hurricane Alex and the weather front that entered the Gulf after transiting the Yucatan Peninsula.

Offshore staff

Deepwater Horizon, Gulf of Mexico – National Incident Commander Admiral Thad Allen went out to the Discoverer Enterprise yesterday to assess “on-scene conditions” following Hurricane Alex and the weather front that entered the Gulf after transiting the Yucatan Peninsula. The sea states generated by these storms have affected operations at the well site.

“The Helix Producer is partially connected to a canister that sits below…the moonpool,” Allen reported. “They have connected their production lines from the top down to the canister. What remains…is to hook the flexible hose from the freestanding riser pipe to the bottom of that canister.”

Once that is accomplished, it would take about three days to test the system and then to start flowing through it. Allen said the hope is that the seas will die down and the hook-up can be accomplished as soon as Friday.

He also said the Development Driller III with the first relief well is “in the last several hundred feet of closing in on the wellbore prior to penetration.” Drilling has slowed because they are doing 10-15 ft sections and then stopping to locate the target well.


07/08/2010

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