Halliburton disputes BP sanction motion regarding cement test records

Halliburton has responded to a motion filed in court by BP alleging that Halliburton destroyed evidence relating to post-incident testing of the foam cement slurry used on the Deepwater Horizon.

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HOUSTON – Halliburton has responded to a motion filed in court by BP alleging that Halliburton destroyed evidence relating to post-incident testing of the foam cement slurry used on the Deepwater Horizon.

Halliburton said that the testing mentioned in BP’s motion was not done on rig samples, nor was it done in a manner approved by Halliburton. Instead, Halliburton said the testing mentioned in the motion used off-the-shelf materials with little or no relevance to the case. Halliburton said the pre-incident testing that used rig samples and the formal lab processes showed that the cement slurry was designed to be stable.

Further, Halliburton said testing done on an actual Deepwater Horizon rig sample by the Department of Interior in September confirmed that the slurry was designed to be stable. Halliburton further quotes Interior as saying that the sampled cement likely did not fail in the annulus part of the well.

12/07/2011

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