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Commission Presentation for Containment

Commission Presentation for Containment

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S
TAFF
P
RESENTATION TO THE
C
OMMISSION
:
O
IL
S
PILL
C
ONTAINMENT
December 3, 2010
 
C
ONTAINMENT
T
IMELINE
Apr. 20:Blowout and explosionApr. 22:Deepwater Horizon rig sinksMay 5:BP ceases attempts to actuate theBOP stackMay 6-8:Cofferdam operationMay 16-25: Collection of oil through the RiserInsertion Tube ToolMay 26-28: Top kill and junk shot operationsJun. 2-3: Riser cut and top hat installedJun. 3-Jul. 10: Collection of oil through the tophat to the
Discoverer Enterprise
Jun. 15-Jul. 15: Collection of oil to the
Q4000
Jul. 10-12: Capping stack installedJul. 15: Capping stack closed (spill ends)Jul. 15-Aug. 3: Well integrity testAug. 3-5: Static kill and well cementingSept. 19: First relief well completed; wellofficially declared dead
Secretary Chu and Tom Hunter at BP’s source
-control commandcenter in Houston. Source: Deepwater Horizon Response FlickrPhotostream.
Q4000
(foreground) and
Discoverer Enterprise
(background), flaringas they collect oil above the wellhead. Source: U.S. Coast Guard.
 
I
SSUES
C
ONSIDERED
Industry and Government Preparedness forDeepwater Source Control
The Impact of Flow Rate
The Impact of Well Design
Responders pilot a remotely operated vehicle during source-controloperations. Source: U.S. Coast Guard.
Development Driller III
drills a relief well to stop the DeepwaterHorizon spill. Source: U.S. Coast Guard.

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