Deepwater Horizon: Weather key to operations schedule
Weather predominates the scene at the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico according to Admiral Thad Allen, national incident commander.
NEW ORLEANS – Weather predominates the scene at the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico according to Admiral Thad Allen, national incident commander. In consideration of the probable wind and sea states, work is under way for all the drilling and monitoring vessels to cease operations and to leave the area until Tropical Storm Bonnie passes.
At the time of Allen’s press conference this morning, the Development Driller III and Development Driller II were disconnecting from the relief wells, and the Q4000was recovering the control pod from the containment cap. Once each vessel is free to move, it will go to safety and await the storm’s passing. The last to leave the area will be the seismic, acoustic, and ROV operations vessels.
The containment cap will remain on the well and remain closed during suspension of operations. Acoustic monitors will remain in place to record events at the containment cap during the storm.
Allen estimates it takes about 48 hours for all vessels to cease operations and reach safe waters, and another 48 hours to return and re-establish connections once the storm threat is passed. The actual timing depends upon the wind and sea states at the site.