Deepwater Horizon: Subsea oil recovery, relief well under way

Work is under way to deploy a device on the seafloor to recover the leaking oil from the Deepwater Horizon incident, according to the Joint Information Center.

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ROBERT, Louisiana -- Work is under way to deploy a device on the seafloor to recover the leaking oil from the Deepwater Horizon incident, according to the Joint Information Center.

BP and Transocean are using Discoverer Enterprise to recover up to 125,000 b/d of oil with a purpose-built dome-like and connection system which is expected to be deployed on the seafloor by next week. The recovery system reportedly could collect up to 85% of the leak.

Meanwhile, Transocean’s Development Driller III is permitted to drill a relief well on Mississippi Canyon block 252 in 5,159 ft of water. The well is designed to intersect the existing wellbore and pump heavy fluids and cement in to stop the leaking oil.

5/4/2010

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