The British oil company giant are about to start the plugging operation next week to its recently capped Gulf oil well with the mixture of hard concrete and mud, the U.S. official who managed the disaster said Sunday.
Vessels equipped with heavy machines needed to plug the well have returned to the Gulf as well as dozens of others that were evacuated Friday due to the threat of he Tropical Depression Bonnie are schedule to return within 24 hours, said by National Incident Commander Thad Allen.
Thad Allen also added that the Macondo well, which stopped its oil leakage July 15 when a new tighter-fitting cap shut it down, continues to post a rising pressure level — now at 6,904 psi (pounds per square inch) — that indicates it remains physically intact. The Gulf well started spewing oil April 20 because of an explosion that led to the death of 11 workers on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig.
The 54-years old retired Coast Guard admiral proclaimed that he expected BP will start the plugging operation starting next week — a process known as “static kill” — and then pour in both mud and concrete through a connecting line to its relief well, which is called the “bottom kill.”