BP delays new cap test
Oil giant BP has defended the move to delay its crucial pressure tests after saying experts need more time to assess its safety and effectiveness.
Earlier this week, the company said it was hopeful that a new sealing cap would stop oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico, although it warned the cap had never been deployed at such depths or under such conditions.
The company was due to conduct tests yesterday to determine the integrity of the leaking well but this has been delayed by at least 24 hours for “further analysis”.
During the tests, BP will be looking at the pressure of the oil in the well. High pressure will mean the oil has been contained inside the wellhead.
However, if the tests reveal low pressure, this might indicate that oil was leaking elsewhere in the well.
Earlier this week, BP said total clean-up costs relating to the disaster have hit $3.5 billion (£2.3 billion) – up from $3.12 billion last week.
The disaster happened after an explosion on a BP oil rig on 20 April, which took the lives of 11 people. The explosion led to thousands of barrels of oil leaking from the damaged well.
The oil company has been battling to contain the leak ever since.
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