BP is planning to commence a new effort that should help the company put a permanent stop to the leaking well. If it works, it will take less time to complete a similar procedure using a relief well that is nearly complete.
More than three months after an oil rig explosion killed 11 workers and triggered an oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico that has left as yet incalculable devastation to the environment and local community, BP is preparing to plug the leak for good.
BP CEO Doug Suttles says a procedure known as "static kill", which involves pumping heavy drilling mud and cement into the well, should begin on Tuesday.
Doug Suttles , BP CEO, said, "We've got the equipment all hooked up to perform the static kill and once we get the casing cemented we will actually perform that operation, once we get also the go ahead from Admiral Allen. So right now the current forecast is we will do that activity on Tuesday."
Engineers are expected to know within hours whether the procedure has worked.
While BP is focussed on plugging the well, environmentalists have expressed concern over the use of chemical dispersants to break up the oil slick.
BP says it's monitoring for any environmental impact.
Doug Suttles , BP CEO, said, "Right now we haven't seen anything that causes, that shows us to be concerned. But we're going to keep looking."
This week's procedure to kill the runaway well, which created the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, is expected to be closely watched from Washington to London.
BP has announced plans to sell 30 billion dollars in assets to cover its Gulf liabilities, while the company's value has fallen by 40 percent since the crisis began.
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