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6.39pm: Insightful commentary from Geoffrey Maitland, professor of energy engineering at Imperial College in London and an expert in the field. He says the report gave an analysis of the disaster that would not surprise anyone in the oil industry – but "it tries to put the best light on it for BP, as you'd expect for an internal report which will play a part in legal actions in the future."
"What is not there is interesting. BP says the well design was not a factor. Transocean say it is and I think Halliburton think the same."
Prof Maitland notes that a preliminary report by the US Congress back in June raised six points about well design but that very few of those are addressed in BP's report:
"The BP report gives lots of detail but it does not give the detail needed on how the decisions were taken in the critical areas and how the decision making was shared."
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