Category Archives: Solution
The Economist has a great article on the The Price of Staying in the Game for oil companies and their collective $1 billion effort to figure out what to do should a deepwater spill happen again. The companies involved outlined … Continue reading
National Incident Commander Thad Allen said a pressure test conducted yesterday failed to prove there is no further risk of oil leaking from the well. As a result, BP Plc has been ordered by U.S. officials to finish the relief … Continue reading
BP successfully stopped the flow of oil from the leaking Macondo Well on July 15 after the well gushed an estimated 4.9 million barrels, making it the world’s largest offshore accidental oil spill (Bloomberg). Last week, BP pumped cement into … Continue reading
In what is being described as a ‘milestone’ for the Macondo Well in the Gulf of Mexico, BP began pouring cement into the well. Earlier this week, BP pumped heavy drilling mud into the top of the Macondo well, pushing … Continue reading
BP technicians are in final tests to determine whether to proceed with the plan to pump heavy drilling mud into the Macondo well. Tests today involved slow injections of mud into the well to make sure the pumped mud will … Continue reading
Efforts to permanently plug the gusher hit a snag when crews found debris in the bottom of the relief well that need to be fished out before crews can pump mud into BP’s busted well in a procedure known as … Continue reading
X Prize announced a $1.4 million prize in a year-long competition to develop new, more effective methods of cleaning up oil on ocean surfaces. The prize is funded by Wendy Schmidt and the new technology must improve by at least … Continue reading
The latest well integrity tests on the sealing cap show the Macondo well has been successfully closed. BP continues to monitor the pressure, temperature, seafloor, seismic, sonar, and acoustics activity in the area to confirm that the well doesn’t continue … Continue reading
Here is the latest on the two relief wells’ progress. Image courtesy of BP. © BP p.l.c.
Here is the latest attempt to stop the flow of oil from the leaking well. Let’s hope it works. Once the new cap is installed tests will be performed to calculate the pressure of the oil flowing from the pipe. … Continue reading
Blow Out Preventer Detail BP technical briefing and update on Gulf of Mexico oil spill 10 May 2010 Tony Hayward Failure of the Large Dome: A lot more gas involved in leak than previously believed. Moving to a smaller dome … Continue reading
Here are some images of the small top hat that is currently being used to recover around 11,000 barrels of oil in a twelve hour period (ranges vary from 7,780 to 14,570 barrels).
Use the methane hydrates that blocked the flow of oil in the first dome to freeze the BOP preventer and liquid inside the containment dome. Instead of having this be a hinderance for the subsea leak stopping, use it to … Continue reading
Here is a great article from Scott at the mindshaftgap. He explores using liquid nitrogen to increase the viscosity of oil and eventually freeze it. The article also provides some great figures and graphs on oil at varying temperatures. The … Continue reading