BP confirms completion of Macondo well kill operations

09/27/2010
The deepwater Macondo well, source of a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, was killed, operator BP PLC said Sept. 19 in a long-awaited announcement.Scientists and engineers confirmed both the casing and annulus of the well were sealed by cement nearly 5 months after an Apr. 20 blowout of the Macondo oil and natural gas well caused an explosion and fire to Transocean Ltd.'s Deepwater Horizon semisubmersible, killing 11 people.The semi sank Apr. 22. Macondo was drilled in 5,000 ft of water on Mississippi Canyon Block 252.An estimated 4.9 million bbl leaked from the well, of which BP estimates it captured 800,000 bbl. The well was shut in with the July 15 installation of a capping stac...
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