BP’s ‘Static Kill’ on Schedule: Final Cementing Starts Today
August 5, 2010
(ChattahBox)—BP’s “static kill” procedure to seal the blown out well in the Gulf of Mexico, with mud and cement is nearing its final phase today. After three-months of gushing oil, causing an environmental and economic disaster in the Gulf region, BP’s engineers have finally arrived at a successful operation that would permanently seal the damaged underwater well. On Tuesday, BP called the success of “static kill” a “significant milestone.” Today, a barrage of wet cement will put an end to the nightmare for Gulf residents.
With the underwater pressure on the well contained, retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen gave the go-ahead to BP to begin pumping cement to seal the wellhead on Thursday.
But the relief wells will still continue as planned, according to the Wall Street Journal’s report:
“The operation, though, should not hinder efforts to complete a relief well that would intersect the damaged well and pump cement from the bottom, in case it Is needed. Federal officials, including Mr. Allen, have stressed that the only permanent solution to the spill is a relief well, which will be completed by mid-August. But if cementing the well from the top works, the final demise of the well could occur sooner than that.”
The entire cementing operation can be viewed live here.