8:22 am - Friday April 25, 2014

Gulf Coast Oil Spill 2010 – BP Dumps Diamond Saw Plan for a “Top Hat” Plan Instead

BP has reportedly abandoned its plan of using a diamond wire cutter that its engineers had hoped would cut the riser pipe spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Instead, Bp will use a more effective cutter.

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Reports say that the diamond wire cutter plan was abandoned after the device got stuck midway through the pipe. It was let loose at around 2:10 p.m. ET.

BP’s next move to deal with the Gulf coast oil spill involves the use of a sheer-cutting device that made Tuesday’s successful cut on the riser.

CNN reports, ” Because the rougher surface left by that cut will not accommodate the tight seal needed for installation of the lower-marine riser package, engineers will use the “top hat” instead.
That 5-foot-tall, 4-foot-diameter structure had been considered before, but engineers opted instead for an insertion tube that wound up capturing only about 20 percent of the oil from the site of the leak to the surface.”

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill moves into it’s 45th day with still no proper solution for the oil spill problem.

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