Getting Oil To The Surface
BP p.I.cBP Continues to Optimize Oil Recovery Rates from its Leaking Well
Under the direction of the federal government, BP continues to capture some oil and burn gas at the surface using its containment dome technique?collecting oil aboard the Discoverer Enterprise, which is linked by a fixed riser pipe to the wellhead, and flaring off additional oil and gas on the Q4000, which is connected to the choke line. BP has finished installing the first free standing riser, which has greater survivability than a fixed riser and will be connected to a third vessel arriving at the site of the wellbore next week, the Helix Producer?a redundancy measure also taken under the direction of the federal government.
Progress Continues in Drilling Relief Wells; Ranging Process Continues
The Development Driller III continues to drill the first relief well to a depth of approximately 16,400 feet (11,100 feet below the sea floor). The Development Driller II has drilled the second relief well?a redundancy measure taken at the direction of the administration?to a depth of more than 12,000 feet below the Gulf surface.
BP continues the "ranging" process?which involves periodically withdrawing the drill pipe and sending an electrical signal down to determine how close they are getting to the wellbore.