Oil Spill Update: Macondo pressure test complete, results being reviewed

By Phaedra Friend Troy

BP announced Friday morning that the pressure test on the Macondo well has been completed, and the oil spill response team is now evaluating the results of the test. 

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BP and the federal science team are now evaluating the results of the pressure test, which will help to determine whether or not the relief well drilling is needed to perform the bottom kill on the well.

In a press briefing on Aug. 12, National Incident Commander Admiral Thad Allen stated that the well may already be permanently sealed, and if so the relief well efforts will be suspended.

“If the annulus is cut off with cement, and we choose not to do the bottom kill from the relief well it will be because we’ve effectively already done the bottom kill,” Admiral Thad Allen said. 

The static kill was successfully performed on the well earlier this month, and the runaway Macondo well was effectively shut-in by the installation of the three ram capping stack in mid-July.

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