bp removes containment cap on oil spill - oil spill containment
BP removed a safety helmet from the Gulf oil well, the first step in installing a larger safety helmet to accommodate all the crude oil that flooded the ocean and polluted the coast.
The clearance released a torrent of oil, which will spread to the Gulf without restraint in four to seven days --
BP says it will take time to install a larger cover and seal it.
The new lid will capture all the oil leaking from the well and funnel it 1, officials said.
The vessel on the surface of the water is up 6 km.
Kent Wells said the new solution, 82 days after the worst oil spill in American history, does not allow crude oil to flow out of the bottom and top like the current ceiling, senior Vice President, Exploration and production, BP.
The retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, who oversees the US response to the oil spill, said the hat switch could be completed later tomorrow or Monday.
The BP plan approved by Alan later on Friday showed that,to seven-day process.
Wells said that the longer the time, the unexpected problems will arise.
He also said that BP has another cover ready to install if the new Bolt is connected
The lid and seal do not work.
BP is still connecting and testing a third vessel, hoping to start pumping out crude oil later tomorrow.
These two procedures are part of BP's efforts to upgrade oil.
The capture system with four ships can handle up to 80,000 barrels of oil per day, disconnect and move quickly if a hurricane comes.
The operation is the latest attempt to contain the leak caused by the April 20 BP explosion.
Leased the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that killed 11 workers.