The latest from gcaptain is this from Alvis:
"Flow from the Macondo well is not travelling up the main well bore, a BP executive said today.
The news came as relatives of the 11 men killed in the explosion on the Transocean semi-submersible drilling rig Deepwater Horizon last month prepare
to hold a private memorial service in Jackson, Mississippi today.
BP operations boss Doug Suttles said that BP believes “the most likely” flow path is between two casing strings.
Suttles said BP could not be certain but diagnostic tests on the well seem to indicate the flow is not coming up the main bore.
The well also contains obstructions that are restricting the flow rate.
It is impossible to know for certain what those obstructions are, Suttles said, but cured cement and rocks from the formations that crews drilled
through could be partially clogging the well.
BP has been able to measure the pressure on the lower portion of the well’s blowout preventer (BOP) and found that it was “considerably lower”
than would be expected if the flow was rushing unimpeded to the surface, he said.
Suttles said the obstructions in the well itself are the “most significant” restrictions to the flow rate, but that BP also believed that
“some” rams on the BOP have closed but they are obviously not shutting off the flow.
The obstructions in the BOP and the well itself will not prevent BP from being able to try to bring the well under control with a top kill later this
week, Suttles said.
"BP operations boss Doug Suttles said that BP believes “the most likely” flow path is between two casing strings.""
If anyone reading this site is a member there, there are some attachments that can only be read by forum members posted by Alf (who posted the links
to the hearings). Company man 1 asked Alf for his time line and I am assuming that is what these attachments are. He refers to them as an "XL
(I am about to join anyway. The least I can do is thank them for sharing their thoughts, opinions & expertise and express condolences for the families
of those who lost loved ones)