Second oil containment system operational: BP

09:38, June 17, 2010      

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British energy giant BP announced on Wednesday that oil and gas is flowing through a second containment system attached to the failed blow out preventer (BOP) on a blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico.

This second system supplements the lower marine riser package ( LMRP) cap containment system, which was installed in early June and remains in operation, BP said in a press release.

The new system is connected directly to the BOP and carries oil and gas through a manifold and hoses to the Q4000 vessel on the surface. The vessel uses a specialized burner device to flare oil and gas captured by this second system, the company said.

Oil and gas collected from the underwater gusher reached the Q4000 at approximately 1:00 a.m. Wednesday. Operations continue to stabilize and optimize the performance of the second containment system, BP said.

BP said earlier the new burner device operational with the second containment system could flare 210,000 gallons to 420,000 gallons of crude daily once it reaches maximum capacity.

BP's first oil containment system is siphoning about 630,000 gallons of oil a day through a cap on top of the underwater well to the Discover Enterprise tanker on the Gulf's surface.

The company had expected the new system could help boost the amount of oil it captures so as to help it reach its goal of collecting 2.2 million gallons of oil a day by late June, or nearly 90 percent of the oil a team of government scientists believe is leaking from the well.

Source: Xinhua


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