Deepwater Horizon: Static kill set for Monday

Casing is running into the relief well with cementing to follow, and that will set the stage for an attempted static kill at the Deepwater Horizon/BP blowout site in the Gulf of Mexico, according to Admiral Thad Allen, national incident commander.

Offshore staff

NEW ORLEANS – Casing is running into the relief well with cementing to follow, and that will set the stage for an attempted static kill at the Deepwater Horizon/BP blowout site in the Gulf of Mexico, according to Admiral Thad Allen, national incident commander.

That continues to be scheduled for Monday, but Allen said it could be sooner depending upon the casing run completion.

The containment cap integrity continues to hold, he said, with pressure now at 6,951 psi. Monitoring of the cap and the surroundings using seismic, visual, hydrophone, and geophone means indicates to anomalies.

Regardless of the kill success, Allen said the Vessels of Opportunity system would remain in place until the end of August to allow time to determine how to use those vessels and whether they can resume fishing, or file claims.

With the containment cap working and optimism around the kill process succeeding, Allen said much of the attention is going toward trying to find the released oil and in cleaning any that has reached shore.

07/30/2010

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