Deepwater Horizon: Containment dome on its way to MC252

Efforts continue to bring the MC252 oil well under control, says BP in its latest update on the Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico

Offshore staff

HOUSTON -- Efforts continue to bring the MC252 oil well under control, says BP in its latest update on the Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico.

A valve attached to the end of a broken drill pipe - one of the three points from which oil was leaking – has been closed. Although the measure has successfully stopped the flow from this point, it is not expected to affect the overall rate of flow from the well.

BP continues to use ROVs to monitor the flow of oil from the other two leak points.

A containment dome has been loaded aboard a transport vessel at Port Fourchon, Louisiana, and has begun its transport to the MC252 well site. The 40x24x14-ft (12x7x4-m) steel vessel, weighing almost 100 tons (90.7 metric tons), should be lowered to the seabed today.

Drilling continues of the first relief well, which was spud last Sunday. BP estimates this program will take three months to complete.

05/06/2010

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