BP to conduct ‘crucial test’ Tuesday (video)

According to BP, a crucial test meant to determine whether an effort to seal the company’s ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico could... More Below... Posted by on Aug 3rd, 2010 and filed under US.

According to BP, a crucial test meant to determine whether an effort to seal the company’s ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico could proceed will likely take place Tuesday.

BP added that the “injectivity” test was initially scheduled for Monday but was delayed because of a small leak.

Tuesday is also the day the company could also conduct the “static kill,” one of two efforts planned to cap the leaking well once and for all.

In a statement, BP said, “During final preparations to commence with the injectivity test, a small hydraulic leak was discovered in the capping stack hydraulic control system.” The injectivity test will be rescheduled until the leak is repaired.

BP Senior Vice President Kent Wells said that, in the test, “base oil” will be pumped into the ruptured well bore to determine whether it will go back into the reservoir. The test will start with pumping one barrel per minute, then two, then three. Wells added that how much is pumped will depend on how the test goes. The test is meant to help officials decide whether adjustments need to be made on “how and if” the static kill will proceed. Wells also said.

(Thanks to CNN and Wikipedia)