Deepwater Horizon: Containment test extended another day
Admiral Thad Allen, national incident commander, has directed BP to extend for another 24 hours the testing of the containment cap at the Macondo well.
WASHINGTON, DC – Admiral Thad Allen, national incident commander, has directed BP to extend for another 24 hours the testing of the containment cap at the Macondo well. He said that while the test response so far is good, the decision is to continue to check the pressure differential in the well looking for anomalies.
As of Allen’s press conference time, pressure on the cap was at 6,834 psi and continues rising 1-2 psi/hour. Also, temperature of the wellbore liquids has stabilized at 40º F, indicating that the fluids are consistent. There are some small leaks at the containment cap, but nothing indicating any problems with the wellhead integrity.
During the 24-hour period, monitoring of the containment cap data as wells as the acoustic, sonar, and seismic data also being acquired will be analyzed. Over the same general time frame, Allen said, static kill plans using the relief well will be finalized based on available data.
The response group also is considering methods to enable capture for analysis gas from any leaks found by monitoring the area around the well.