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BP to test new cap to completely stop oil flow

07-14-2010 10:20 BJT

BEIJING, July 14 (Xinhuanet) -- British Petroleum (BP) plans to test its new cap on its well for stopping the Gulf oil spill completely, according to Reuters on Wednesday.

This still image from a live BP video feed shows robots installing the sealing cap over a gushing well in the Gulf of Mexico. BP successfully placed a new cap over the Gulf of Mexico oil leak, hoping the giant valve will seal the well or contain all the gushing crude, underwater video footage showed.(Xinhua/AFP Photo)
This still image from a live BP video feed shows robots installing the sealing cap 
over a gushing well in the Gulf of Mexico. BP successfully placed a new cap over the 
Gulf of Mexico oil leak, hoping the giant valve will seal the well or contain all the 
gushing crude, underwater video footage showed.(Xinhua/AFP Photo)
The tests are expected to last from six hours to two days. The new cap, which has a better seal than the previous one, was placed on the well on Tuesday.

The only way to completely stop the oil spill is by using the drilling of relief wells to intercept the broken one. The first of these wells started two month ago and is expected to complete by this month, and the final phase will end in August.

"Either through a potential shut-in of the well or being able to produce most if not all of the flow that is generated, either way, we will have a way to contain the oil," U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen said.

BP said Monday the cost of cleaning up the oil spill has climbed to 3.5 billion U.S. dollars.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Agencies

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