LMRP oil spill cap ramps up collection

By Phaedra Friend Troy

The lower marine riser package (LMRP) cap that was deployed late last week has been successfully collecting both oil and natural gas that are seeping from the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico. 

For comprehensive coverage of the Deepwater Horizon incident, oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and efforts under way to resolve them, visit PennEnergy's Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico special section.

First capturing the leaking oil and gas starting June 3, the LMRP oil spill cap collected some 16,600 barrels of oil and 32.7 million cubic feet of natural gas that was then flared in the first two days of deployment. On June 5 alone, 10,500 barrels of oil was captured and 22 million cubic feet of natural gas was flared.

In a procedure that involved cutting the damaged riser away from the Macondo well some 5,000 feet below the water’s surface, the LMRP cap was then placed above the blowout preventer (BOP) to capture the leaking hydrocarbons. The oil and natural gas are then sent via a new riser to the Discoverer Enterprise drillship above the water’s surface.

Enhancements to the LMRP cap are planned to increase the amount of hydrocarbons being captures, as well as increase the safety of the procedures

The oil spill began when there was a fire and explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon semisub on April 20, which then led to the sinking of the rig. BP, industry experts and governmental officials have been working desperately to contain the oil spill, deploying myriad devices in their efforts.

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