UK energy giant BPs second spill containment system is successfully capturing oil and gas from Transoceans Deepwater Horizon rigs failed blowout preventer (BOP) in the Gulf of Mexico.
The latest system supplements a lower marine riser package (LMRP) cap system, which remains in operation. The new system is connected directly to the BOP and carries oil and gas through a manifold and hoses to a multiservice vessel.
On 16 June BP senior executives met with US President Barack Obama and senior administration officials in Washington, DC, to discuss arrangements to ensure that all legitimate claims in the gulf spill are paid in a timely manner. BP has since agreed to a $20 billion (16.2 billion) compensation fund.
In related news a federal team of scientists and engineers updated the deepwater Macondo well flow rate, putting it at 35,000-60,000 bpd. The latest estimate is based on pressure measurements available after BP cut a riser pipe on 3 June and installed additional sensors.