BP relief well construction ahead of schedule: U.S. official

10:15, June 18, 2010      

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BP is ahead of schedule in drilling a relief well meant to stop the oil leaking from the ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico, a U.S. official said Thursday.

U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, the commander for the spill in the Gulf of Mexico, said the drill is near 10,000 feet below the seafloor and could come within 10 feet of the blown-out well within the next few weeks.

BP has scheduled to complete a relief well, the best sure-fire way of plugging the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, in mid-August.

A relief well is a well drilled into the existing well, intercepting the flow and allowing a specialized heavy liquid to be pumped into the well to stop the leak.

BP began drilling the first relief well on May 2 and started the construction of a second one two weeks later.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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