Deepwater Horizon: Well kill plans in place
With work resuming at BP’s Macondo oil spill site in the Gulf of Mexico, plans for the actual well kill are coming together.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – With work resuming at BP’s Macondo oil spill site in the Gulf of Mexico, plans for the actual well kill are coming together. Barring any weather or well problems during the process, Admiral Thad Allen, the national incident commander, says the schedule of activity has the static kill starting on Monday with the bottom kill following in five to seven days.
Current status has the cap holding with pressure at more than 6,900 psi and still rising, and the temperature holding at 40º F.
Today’s activity centers on latching onto the lower marine riser pipe to be followed by a trip to remove a packer set prior to leaving for the weather threat. Then casing would start. With 2,000 ft of casing, that could take until this coming Saturday or even Sunday.
Once that is in place, the static kill can be instigated. That consists of circulating followed by the addition of drilling fluid to fill the annulus followed by cementing. If that comes next Monday, completion of the relief well will begin five to seven days later.