The first of two planned domes to will be loaded on a work boat to try to collect the oil estimated 5000 barrels per day of oil gushing from BP’s Macondo well in the US Gulf.
Measuring 14 feet by 24 feet by 40 feet, the dome has been completed at a yard in Louisiana.
BP chief operating officer Doug Suttles said it could be over top of the main leak and begin pumping the oil in a week.
Oily water would be trapped under the dome and will be pumped to the Transocean drillship Discoverer Enterprise.
Once on board it would be processed and loaded onto a tanker to be brought to shore.
The pipework connections linking the cofferdam to Discoverer Enterprise have been finished.
Work continues on two more cofferdams, one of which is set to go over a smaller leak at the juncture of the riser and the lower marine riser package.
A similar system worked in the shallow water US Gulf after hurricanes damaged production installations but it has never been tested at this water depth, BP’s Bob Fryar said at a press event in Houston yesterday.
Fryar heads BP’s offshore activities in Angola.
You can read the complete article here.