Top Kill BP Investigation Relief Wells – On and on it goes, where it stops, nobody knows

Posted: May 27th, 2010 by: h2

Wall Street Journal article BP Decisions Set Stage for Disaster. The Journal is digging up some pretty solid material, read the article and see for yourself.

And now a BP worker takes 5th, making prosecution a possibility.

What’s up with that? Taking the 5th? That’s got to be about the worst nightmare for BP, what do you think the US congress is going to think about that? And another says he can’t testify due to ‘health conditions’? like what? is BP threatening his family? (joke, just kidding, ok?). I guess something could make BP look worse at this particular time, but off the top of my head, I’m hard pressed to think of anything.

But maybe the damage that the guy taking the 5th will cause re PR damage is far less than what the testimony would have revealed. I can’t think of any other reason for BP to have allowed that, can you?

Not looking so good for BP and deep water drilling. Though why we focus on deep water is not clear to me, the Mexican blowout at Ixtac, which took 10 months or so to finally stop, was at ‘only’ 150 feet ocean depth, where divers could access the components directly.

By the way, very few people have much hope for the top kill, it’s considered highly unlikely to succeed, though of course, let’s hope it finds that unlikely point and does anyway.

Even the relief wells are pointed out to not be guarantees either, a very difficult procedure, that could at best take well into this September to be completed successfully (that’s assuming that poster, who yes, sounds like a near illiterate stupid 15 year old internet troll, but apparently is actually a deep sea driller with years of experience. Hopefully he’s more competent at drilling than at writing, but I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. He’s new to the oil drum though, so it’s not guaranteed he is what he claims).

aliilaali on May 28, 2010 – 1:53am Permalink | Subthread | Parent | [Parent subthread ] Comments top

for the love of god

i am saying top kill is taking a piss into the wind …not worth attempting

relief well — you seem not to be able to to get the concept …this is the only solution here….what i have been saying is the procedure involved in establishing pressure communications into the leaking well is very very tough…on average it takes more than one try to get it done … let me dumb it down for you …..

there is no guarantee that soon as the first well sink to TD ….the problem is over….the problem is when you have to either mill into the casing of the leaking well or do a hot dock where you pull alongside this well and run a perf gun to establish comms ….this is the tricky part ….(so joining the relief well and the leaking well…this part of the operation is the hardest to do)…now its common for this procedure to take 2 or 3 attempts ….you understand here ….so come august just cuz the well has been sunk doesn’t mean problem solved…..this can easily drag into september and this is what i’m saying…august can drag into September …get it

now a hot dock will not work …because you have a 13500 psi rated reservoir and what you have going through the reservoir is called a transient pressure response…..what this means is the fact that oil is leaking somewhere form the reservoir has not been felt through out the reservoir ……by august the reservoir will be in PSS state ….that is when the flow characteristics of the oil and gas will change … that point a hot dock will be tough to pull off as well……

now tell me what part of this you dont get and i will explain it to you …..

One Response to “Top Kill BP Investigation Relief Wells – On and on it goes, where it stops, nobody knows”

  1. h-2 says:

    (update to this story:)

    “BP PLC has concluded that its “top-kill” attempt last week to seal its broken well in the Gulf of Mexico may have failed due to a ruptured disk inside the well about 1,000 feet below the ocean floor.

    The disk, part of the subsea safety infrastructure, may have ruptured during the surge of oil and gas up the well on April 20 that led to the explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon rig,

    The ruptured disk may have allowed much of the heavy drilling mud being injected into the well last week to escape into the rock formation outside of the wellbore, people familiar with BP’s findings said. As a result, BP was not able to get sufficient pressure to keep the oil and gas at bay.”
    Wall Stree Journal.