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BP hits snag with containment dome

05-09-2010 09:37 BJT

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BP workers are trying to lower a giant dome onto the sea bed, to contain oil leaking from its Gulf of Mexico oil well. However, the operation has suffered a technical glitch.

Officials are trying to find a solution to the problem, after methane hydrates, or flammable ice prevented the 98-ton containment dome being lowered into place. The four-story structure is designed to redirect the unchecked flow of crude oil from nearly one mile below the surface.

Once connected, it will pump the oil to a surface tanker. If the dome plan fails, BP's next option is to drill a relief well to cut off the leaking oil well, an operation which could take two to three months.

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