BP Gulf of Mexico spill response "accelerating"News // April 27, 2010
BP says it is "accelerating" offshore oil recovery and continuing well control efforts in Mississippi Canyon Block 252 (MC252) following improvements in weather conditions in the Gulf of Mexico yesterday.
"The safety of the people working offshore is our top priority and the improved weather has created better conditions for our response," said BP Group Chief Executive Tony Hayward. "This, combined with the light, thin oil we are dealing with has further increased our confidence that we can tackle this spill offshore."
BP, operating with the U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies, has launched its comprehensive, pre-approved oil spill response plan following the April 22 sinking of the Transocean Deepwater Horizon drilling rig 130 miles south-east of New Orleans.
According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) experts participating in the spill response, the spill is "very thin" and consists of "97 per cent sheen."
In Houma, Louisiana where the field operations response is being co-ordinated, more than 1,000 personnel on and offshore are deployed to co-ordinate the oil spill response.
BP, as lease operator of MC252, also continues to work below the surface on Transoceanís subsea equipment using ROVs to monitor the Macondo/MC252 exploration well, and is working to activate the blow-out preventer.
The Transocean drilling rig Development Driller III has arrived on location to drill the first of two relief wells to permanently secure the well. A second drilling rig, Transoceanís Discoverer Enterprise, is en route.