BP starts to install new oil cap in Gulf of Mexico (2)

16:27, July 11, 2010      

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Oil leaks from BP's Gulf of Mexico well after the oil containment cap was removed from so it could be replaced with a bigger cap, in the Gulf of Mexico, in this frame grab captured from a BP live video feed July 10, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

The new cap and oil vessel are part of BP's efforts to increase its oil-containing capacity with four vessels that can capture up to 80,000 barrels of oil a day and allow for more flexible connection and disconnection of the vessels in the hurricane season.

Meanwhile, work continued on the construction of BP's two relief wells, the best way of permanently stopping the oil leak. The first relief well has 60 feet to 70 feet to drill before it reaches the damaged Macondo well, Wells said.

BP and the U.S. government had expected the wells to be completed by mid-August, but a top BP official told the Wall Street Journal on Thursday that the well might be completed by the end of July.

The U.S. government scientists have estimated that 35,000 to 60,000 barrels of oil are gushing into the Gulf of Mexico everyday.

BP has in recent weeks been collecting between 24,000 and 25,000 barrels a day, largely by two vessels, the Discoverer Enterprise and the Q4000.

The spill, the worst in the U.S. history, began on April 20 after an explosion and fire aboard the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon drilling rig off the the Louisianan coast, which killed 11 workers.

So far, the spill has affected all five U.S. Gulf states, costing BP more than 3 billion U.S. dollars to clean up the Gulf.Source:Xinhua
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