BP says the relief well being drilled to intercept and kill the leaking well will perform some

precision adjustments as it inches closer to its target.
July 15

Relief well timeline

July 20

July 12-19 8 days Test BOP (blowout Leaking preventer); test for leaks well pipe in relief well; drill about 5 ft. (1.5 m) away from leaking well bore, 100 ft. (30.5 m) above intercept point

Relief well

July 25

July 30

July 20-29 10 days Take four ranging tests to pinpoint distance from leaking well; puncture outer wall of leaking well; inject drilling mud and cement in space between outer wall and casing July 30-Aug. 13
14 days Five more ranging tests; cut 7 in. (17.8 cm) hole in casing; kill well with drilling mud; seal it with cement


Aug. 5


Aug. 10 © 2010 MCT

Total: 32 days

Source: BP Graphic: Judy Treible, Melina Yingling

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