'Top kill' fails to stop oil leak
Government estimates showed the Gulf spill surpassed the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaskan waters. (AFP: Win McNamee)
BP says the complex "top kill" manoeuvre to plug its Gulf of Mexico oil well has failed, crushing hopes for a quick end to the largest oil spill in US history already in its 40th day.
"We have not been able to stop the flow," said Doug Suttles, the London-based oil giant's chief operating officer.
"We have made the decision to move on to the next option."
That next option is called the lower marine riser package cap, one that captures oil from the well rather than plug it.
Mr Suttles said it could take four days or longer to show results.
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A sustained ultra-deepwater (300 meters) blowout has not been experienced by the global petroleum industry. Is a deepwater blowout possible? If so, what are the prevention steps? With sustained controlled oil flow rates of over 13,000 b/d and plans for individual well rates nearing 30,000 b/d, the consequences of a sustained deepwater blowout would be severe. Drilling is proceeding into ever deeper water worldwide. A major deepwater drilling boom is underway in the US Gulf of Mexico. Current exploration is underway in over 2,300 meters of water in taking place. ….Blowout control options in ultra-deepwater are very limited. Blowout prevention is of paramount importance.
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