UPDATE: BP starts cementing runaway Macondo well in the deepwaters of the Gulf of Mexico

By Phaedra Friend Troy

At 9:15 a.m. (CDT) on Thursday, August 5, 2010, BP began pumping cement into the blown-out Macondo well in the deepwaters of 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.

After receiving approval from the National Incident Commander, BP continued the static kill procedure by pumping cement into the wellbore from above.

After the cement has been pumped into the well, it will be allowed to harden in the wellbore, permanently sealing the Mississippi Canyon 252 well.

The British company stressed that this is an operation that will “complement” the relief well efforts.

Drilling on both of the relief wells is currently stalled while the injectivity test and static kill procedures are ongoing. 

The incident began with a blowout that caused an explosion aboard and the subsequent sinking of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig while it was performing plugging operations on the Macondo discovery well. It’s been more than 100 days since the Mississippi Canyon 252 deepwater oil and natural gas well began uncontrollably spewing hydrocarbons into the Gulf of Mexico.

The world has watched as BP and a team of government officials and industry experts have worked relentlessly to plug the well. Myriad subsea efforts have been deployed to wrangle the runaway well; some have been successful, others not.

Additionally, oil skimming, controlled burns and miles and miles of boom have been deployed to help contain the spill. Teams onshore have been cleaning the coast, simultaneously.

US President Obama’s administration revealed yesterday in a scientist-backed report that nearly 75 percent of the spill has been cleaned, captured or dissipated.

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