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August 3, 2010

BP starts static kill of Macondo well

BP started pumping drilling mud today at 15:00 (CDT) as part of the static kill operations on the Macondo well at the Deepwater Horizon disaster site.

In the video, BP senior VP Kent Wells explains the static kill plan and how it differs from the unsuccessful top kill attempt.

The next stage will be a decision on the best way to cement the well. The aim of these procedures is to assist with the strategy to kill and isolate the well, and will complement the upcoming relief well operation.

BP says the relief well remains the ultimate solution to kill and permanently cement the well. The first relief well, which started May 2, has set its final 9 7/8-inch casing. Operations on the relief wells are suspended during static kill operations. Depending upon weather conditions, mid-August is the current estimate of the most likely date by which the first relief well will intercept the Macondo well annulus.


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