BP makes progress in oil cleanup

As BP makes way for a more efficient collection system, it is making progress on removing a device capturing oil from its leaking Macondo well... More Below... Posted by on Jul 11th, 2010 and filed under US.

As BP makes way for a more efficient collection system, it is making progress on removing a device capturing oil from its leaking Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico.

Sometime within the next seven days, BP expects to have a new seal on the gushing well and it will take two to three weeks to connect all the surface vessels involved to the wellhead. In a conference call from Houston on Saturday, BP’s Vice President of Exploration and Production Kent Wells said that the company’s target is to collect as much as 80,000 barrels a day, more than the estimated amount of the leak.

During the conference call after the robots under water started removing the old installation, Wells told reporters, “We’re on plan. All the crews and everything are set up on rotating shifts so that we can continue operations 24 hours a day.”

Company spokesman Mark Proegler said that the process of switching caps temporarily allows the oil to flow without restriction from the seafloor. BP is using surface ships to capture as much as possible

(article source: Bloomberg Businessweek, image source: Wikipedia)