BP to Attempt ‘Static Kill’ to Seal off Damaged Well Permanently
August 3, 2010
(ChattahBox)–Is today the day when the never-ending nightmare in the Gulf ends? Could be. If all goes according to plan, BP will attempt a “static kill” procedure to permanently seal the underwater well in the Gulf of Mexico, damaged after the Deepwater Horizon explosion. Mud and cement will be forced through the blown out well, providing a secure seal. Well, that is the plan anyways. If the static kill method fails, the two relief wells, expected to be completed at the end of the month, would seal off the damage well.
Testing was delayed on Monday, when the engineering crew detected a hydraulic leak. With that repaired, testing will resume today, with the static kill procedure beginning later in the day and into Wednesday.
According to the report in the NY Daily News, BP officials have high hopes that the static kill methods will soon provide a permanent fix:
“Kent Wells, BP’s senior vice president, said one of the primary relief wells that is nearly completed could be used to guarantee that the leak is fixed from the bottom instead of the top.”
“Even if we were to pump the cement from the top, we will still continue on with the relief well and confirm that the well is dead,” Wells said, adding that regardless, “we want to end up with the cement in the bottom of the hole.”
We will see.