The Dernogalizer

May 9, 2010

Update: BP Containment Dome Fails

Filed under: environment — Matt Dernoga @ 12:44 am
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Unfortunately, the dome that BP had constructed to contain the oil disaster in the gulf has been unsuccessful, CNN has the story.  Below is an excerpt

“The effort to place a massive containment dome over a gushing underwater wellhead in the Gulf of Mexico was dealt a setback when a large volume of hydrates — icelike crystals that form when gas combines with water — accumulated inside the vessel, a BP official said Saturday.

The dome was moved off to the side of the wellhead and is resting on the seabed while crews work to overcome the challenge, a process expected to take at least two days, BP’s chief operations officer Doug Suttles said.

Suttles declined to call it a failed operation but said “What we attempted to do last night didn’t work.”

Suttles said the gas hydrates are lighter than water and, as a result, made the dome buoyant. The crystals also blocked the top of the dome, which would prevent oil from being funneled up to a drill ship.

“We did anticipate hydrates being a problem, but not this significant [of one],” he said.”

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