Work continues to attempt to bring BP’s MC252 oil well under control, to stop the flow of oil and to contain the oil subsea. At the same time, BP continues to use remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to monitor the subsea situation.
The containment dome arrived on location yesterday, from Port Fourchon, Louisiana, ready to be deployed. Once lowered about one mile down to the sea bed, the next steps will be to connect the 40x24x14 feet steel dome, which weighs almost 100 tons, to a vessel on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. Once this operation is complete it will be possible to assess the effectiveness of the solution.
Meanwhile, drilling work on the first relief well, which began on Sunday May 2, continues. It is expected to take some three months to complete.