posted on Aug, 19 2010 @ 08:47 AM
OK...I found out what the green stuff is (it is antifreeze), and why they are spraying it. They are flushing everything out and getting it ready for
the pressure tests ....and if I understand this correctly, they are going to REPLACE the BOP with a new one (which could be the shiny new thing we
see)....is that what it sounds like to you guys?
The work began Wednesday afternoon and the flushing procedure will involve the following steps:
•The Discoverer Enterprise will attach a drill string to the top of the existing sealing cap.
•The middle blind shears of the sealing cap will be opened.
•The Q-4000 will pump an ‘anti-freeze’ mixture down through the existing manifold and into the BOP’s choke and kill lines. The liquid used in
the flushing will be completely contained and carried to the surface through the Enterprise drill string.
•Following the flushing, the sealing cap’s blind shear ram will be closed.
Following successful flushing of the subsea equipment, BP will conduct an ambient pressure test to reassure that the well is secure. The test will be
conducted over a 48-hour period, which mimics twice the time estimated to remove the original BOP and replace it with the Transocean Development
Driller II (DDII) BOP.
In anticipation of a successful test, and as directed by the National Incident Commander, the DDII is preparing its BOP for further use on the MC252
well. In doing so, a storm packer will be set in the DDII well prior to moving off the second relief well site. here is the entire press release
[edit on 19-8-2010 by StealthyKat]