Monday, June 28, 2010

Oil Capture Capacity Pushed Back

BP will delay adding the Helix Producer to the oil recovery effort, as Tropical Storm Alex will generate heavy seas. BP leaders expect conditions to push back additional capacity to July 6 or 7.

Oil hit Mississippi beaches on Day 68. Those heavy seas will push oil toward the Gulf Coast's beaches, bays and estuaries. A Hurricane Alex means less capture, more landfall.

One relief well is within 20 feet of the well casing. However, they plan to drill down 900 more feet, angling into the target. Relief for the oil spew is expected in early August, but could come earlier. That could also depend on the Gulf hurricane season.

Update: Tropical Storm Alex has 60 mph sustained winds and is stationary. No forward movement could be a bad sign.

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