Deepwater Horizon: Feds delay well integrity tests

A review of the protocols for well integrity tests at BP’s Macondo blowout in the Gulf of Mexico will has delayed implementation of the process outlined yesterday for proving the sealing cap function.

Offshore staff

HOUSTON– A review of the protocols for well integrity tests at BP’s Macondo blowout in the Gulf of Mexico will has delayed implementation of the process outlined yesterday for proving the sealing cap function.

On Tuesday, Thad Allen, national incident commander, said, “Today I met with Secretary Chu, Marcia McNutt, and other scientists and geologists as well as officials from BP and other industry representatives as we continue to prepare and review protocols for the well integrity test - including the seismic mapping run that was made around the well site this morning. As a result of these discussions, we decided that the process may benefit from additional analysis that will be performed tonight and tomorrow.”

In the interim, both the Q4000 and the Helix Producer will continue to collect hydrocarbons from the well, and a surge in the number of skimmers also will continue, Allen said.



07/14/2010

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