Skip to comments.BP is cutting the riser right now!
Posted on 05/31/2010 2:38:39 PM PDT by omega4179
(Excerpt) Read more at bp.com ...
The relief well is just another well. I don’t think it will relieve the pressure substantially. Saudi Arabia is full of wells where the oil flows up and is collected using the pressure of the field. The fact there are lots of holes and wells doesn’t mean one will cease to flow when another is opened.
Eventually the pressure might be lessened but not in the immediate future.
Hopefully the wife and I won't be next week. We have reservations in Gulf Shores for the 11-14 for our 15th anniversary.
Neither of us go into the gulf water much anyway, prefer the condo's pool and hot tub, but we are praying the oil is still off shore so we can at least enjoy the beach without to much odor and stuff.
They know the geology of the area. Pick an unpermable oil layer and nuke below that. On irradiating stuff, you don’t know what you are talking about.
The relief wells are not designed to relieve the pressure, they are planning on drilling into the original bore and diverting the oil to those two wells, they plan to seal this well from below once they have drilled into the bore.
IMO, it's important to give thanks and remember this morning as we face troubled days ahead.
Yearly I would go done to Port Aransas and rent a condo for a week and disconect from everything. Then in 2007 they bant smoking. They lost my monies
The reports are that very little of the sea food has been effected by the oil.
The relief well is mainly to allow sealing of the main well from below. It will probably also relieve some pressure.
I think digging two relief wells is dumb....increases the possibility of something going wrong.
Per Coast Guard, the Cap has been moved into place above the well, and BP will begin lowering it onto the well within the next ‘couple’ hours.
Due to the irregular cut from the Shear they are not sure how much leakage they will have,but anticipate that it will be more that if the diamond cut had worked as they won’t be able to get a complete seal now.
Good to hear.
Skandi I has some extremely good closeup shots of the Cut on right now .. they are right on top of the stack.
They are sawing the corners of the crimp off.
Look for this administration and the MSM to make light of what happened today. They're going after our heroes and we need to put a stop to it...
Skandi I is sawing away at the cut right now — looks like they are attempting to smooth the cut some to get a better seal. Using the circular saw we have seen multiple times.
No way. they will get to empty the oil field with more wells. The gov probably wouldn’t let them drill any more wells a few months ago. Now they will have 3! Go BP!
OK, a different ROV doing the Sawing, Skandi was just in closeup on what they were doing. My mistake.
You are absolutely right about this...and hats off to those doing this work...topside as well as the operators...these people are doing a heck of a job......deserving of more than a handshake when all is said and done.....The news has done a terrible injustice in pointing fingers when the real news is the feat which is occuring now.... Absolutely amazing!
Besides we don’t work in a McDonalds instant meal mentality as so much of the public...it took a lot of time to drill the well in the first place...it’s going to take alot of time to fix it.
This would be a big mistake IMHO. I think conservatives, capitalists and efficient energy advocates will be hurt by making this an ever increasing political issue. If conservatives try to make the blowout a part of Obama's legacy, the left will defend Obama by closing down the petroleum industry just as they shut down the Nuclear power industry after Three Mile Island.
Don't kid yourself, be it salt, cigarettes, fat or petroleum, the nanny state is looking to put certain industries out of business as soon as possible thru regulation or taxation. All they need is the condition precedent to make a sympathetic case. This blowout cannot and will not be pinned to Obama. What can be pinned to Obama is the filthy coastline that federal regulation prevented from being protected by the states.
Nope. Doubles the possibility that things will go right.
Just watching this, I wonder why they don’t seal the cap on the OD of the flanges?
Probably and obvious answer, but I’ve never seen the question asked:
“Why can’t they unbolt the flange at the bottom of the riser, and bolt a cover or new junction to it?”
I thought at first they were smoothing the shear cut, but now that they are close up on the saw it looks like they are making vertical cuts down to the weld line on the remaining riser.
My guess is they are going to cut the top away in ‘slices’ to make a smoother rounder surface for the seal down by the weld line.
As tempting as it may be to pile on, the fact that the left (Carville, Matthews, etc.) is beginning to speak out against the Obama Regime is reason enough to step back and let them.
The American people see what's going on, and they know Obama has done "ZERO" - except to point fingers, threaten lawsuits and call in lame assed "experts" like college professors and Hollyweird directors.
Give them enough rope, and then step back and enjoy!
Two reasons: 1. the ROVs are not powerful enough to loosen the bolts (this could be overcome though)
2. There is no way to uniformly remove the bolts, and with the enormous pressure of the well all the bolts would have to be removed at the same time or the pressure will blow the flange off and deform it at whichever bolt is still attached.
You have to admit, it gives new meaning to the term “Chocolate City.”
Has anyone considered drilling another hole with good controls on it which can be used as a pressure relief to make plugging the broken one easier?
1) Drill 2nd (larger?) well, with a good, intact head and valves, etc.
2) Open valves on 2nd well, causing crude flow from it and, hopefully, decreasing the pressure/flow on the 1st well
3) Have an easier time capping the 1st well due to decreased flow/pressure.
4) Close them both.
The old half full, half empty...
Yep! Me too! The whole world is watching their hands...and the results...we want to also see the faces of these people when this is over....yep! No doubt about it....
"BP fumbled its latest underwater experiment with the wild Gulf gusher..."
Our little guy is getting quite the reputation, it seems.
BP is currently drilling two relief wells from the side of the current well. They are drilling down into the current bore at approx 18000 feet, and don’t expect to mate up until aug-sep time frame.
At that point they will use the relief wells to seal the current well from below.
for now they are trying to put a cap on this well to capture as much oil as possible.
I have been pulling for the guys to do a good job for the last few days. The operators of all those ROVs and the crane operator for Jaws do need to be rewarded. They have been tenacious and never gave up!
We need a screen grab of this to put on a T-shirt and caption it Obamas Legacy.
I was thinking more of a T-shirt with an oil soaked
albatross hung around the neck and
“You got Obama, all I got was the bird.”
I can see God's hand all over this...
I wonder if Fumbles and T. Rex will now have to join the Screen Actors Guild. That’d have to include Saw and Cut and Jaws, too.
James Cameron, noted blowout expert, has been imported from Hollllllllywoooood.
The WKRG feed has a counter that shows # of viewers.
It went from under 5,000 to over 6,900 in seconds.
My mistake. I thought the gubment experts had brought him in.
Try these various cameras. Not all work at the same time.
Most of the action is on this cam right now.
My analysis is that there is a tear on the right side that might be the failed diamond saw cut. It appears to be just above or perhaps at the point where the flange was welded to the pipe. The seal will be effected below that on the flange body
The current effort seems to be to make vertical cuts that can be folded inward slightly to allow the cap to fit over the pipe stubout and in good close contact with the slightly tapered flange. the slight taper of the flange body will permit a tight and regular seal.
is that another saw I see now in the WKRG feed?
Why are they sawing vertically?
I'm pleasantly surprised that my idea was, basically, the right one.
Probably can’t get the torque
The next bad thought is "shear" on ony one of those sides could wreck a huge section....
Go to the following and on the right side is a section entitled “in this section”. Click each section and you’ll find graphics of some of the equipment, etc. It gives you some prespective of the size of the equipment involved, the technical expertise, etc.